Place:Hilton, Dorset, England

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NameHilton
Alt namesEltonesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 94
TypeVillage, Parish
Coordinates50.817°N 2.3°W
Located inDorset, England
See alsoBlandford Registration District, Dorset, Englandregistration district of which it was part
Blandford Rural, Dorset, Englandrural district in which it was located 1894-1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
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Hilton is a village and civil parish 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. Since 1974 it has been located within the North Dorset administrative district, approximately 8 miles (13 km) west-south-west of the town of Blandford Forum. The summit of Bulbarrow Hill (274 metres) is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of the village. In the 2001 UK 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.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Hilton from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"HILTON, a parish in Blandford district, Dorset; under Bulbarrow camp, 7½ miles WSW of Blandford town and [railway] 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. Population: 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.

A sketchmap of the rural district can be viewed at Blandford Rural District.

Dorset Research Tips

One of the many maps available on the website A Vision of Britain through Time is one from the Ordnance Survey Series of 1900 illustrating the parish boundaries of Dorset at the turn of the 20th century. This map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets. The internal boundaries on this map are the rural districts which are indicated in the "See Also" box for the place concerned (unless it is an urban parish).

The following websites have pages explaining their provisions in WeRelate's Repository Section. Some provide free online databases. Some are linked to Ancestry.

  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Dorset, but it has left the 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes to UK Genealogy Archives.
  • FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date, but UK Genealogy Archives may prove more helpful.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has
  1. organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts up to 1974
  2. excerpts from gazetteers of the late 19th century outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
  • More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.


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