Hilton is a village in the county of Dorset in southern England. It is sited at an altitude of 135 metres in a small valley which drains chalk hills in the eastern part of the Dorset Downs. It lies within the North Dorset administrative district of the county, about 8 miles west-south-west of the town of Blandford Forum. The summit of Bulbarrow Hill (274 metres) is 1.5 miles north of the village. In the 2001 Census the village had a population of 489.
Hilton used to form a part of the estate of the nearby Milton Abbey when it was owned by the rich Hambro family; consequently the valley here is quite well-wooded due to plantings made to provide cover for pheasants for shooting.
The wooded hills surrounding Hilton are mostly post war plantations of Beech and Ash as the hills were cleared during WW2. Large areas are privately owned, although there are open access areas owned and managed by the Forestry Commission.
The church of All Saints is a typical Dorset country church and is mainly in the late Gothic style. In the north aisle a fine range of windows from the cloisters of Milton Abbey have been reused. The fan vault in the porch probably comes from the same source. Also from the abbey are a set of 12 panels with paintings of the Apostles: these are of high quality and early 16th century in date.
In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hilton like this:
HILTON, a parish in Blandford district, Dorset; under Bulbarrow camp, 7½ miles WSW of Blandford town and r. station. It contains the hamlets of Aller, Anstey, and Hartsfoot-Lane; and its post town is Milton-Abbas, under Blandford. Acres, 2, 974. Real property, £3, 945. Pop., 833. Houses, 162. The property is divided among a few. Orchards and gardens occupy considerable space. Slate, coal, and bog iron abound; and some gold has been found. There are many mineral springs. Druidical remains, Roman urns and coins, early English coins, and other ancient relics have been found. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £.273.* Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church is tolerable, and has a tower..
Old maps of the village can be found here http://www.old-maps.co.uk/maps.html?txtXCoord=378500&txtYCoord=103500