Place:Dilton Marsh, Wiltshire, England

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NameDilton Marsh
Alt namesDilton-Marshsource: Family History Library Catalog
Penknapsource: hamlet in parish
Stormoresource: hamlet in parish
Clearwoodsource: hamlet in parish
Fairwoodsource: hamlet in parish
Hisomleysource: hamlet in parish
TypeChapelry, Civil parish
Coordinates51.249°N 2.214°W
Located inWiltshire, England
See alsoWestbury Hundred, Wiltshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Westbury and Whorwellsdown Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district, 1894 - 1934
Warminster and Westbury Rural, Wiltshire, Englandrural district, 1934-1974
West Wiltshire District, Wiltshire, England1974-2009
Wiltshire District, Wiltshire, England2009--
source: Family History Library Catalog


the text in this section is based on an article in Wikipedia

Dilton Marsh is a village and civil parish in Wiltshire, in the southwest of England. The village is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southwest of the centre of the town of Westbury; expansion of the town has brought its Westbury Leigh suburb almost to the parish boundary.

The parish is on the county border with Somerset. It includes the small settlements of Penknap (east of Dilton Marsh village); Stormore (now contiguous with the west of the village); Clearwood (a little further west); and the rural hamlets of Fairwood (north) and Hisomley (southwest).

Dilton Marsh was made a civil parish in 1894, having previously been a chapelry in the parish of Westbury. In the UK census of 2011 the parish had a population of 1,934.

History

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The original settlement, "Old Dilton", is some 3⁄4 mi (1.2 km) southeast of the present village centre, on the banks of the Biss Brook. It now consists of a couple of farm houses and the ancient St Mary's Church. As fewer workers were needed in the local woollen industry after the introduction of greater mechanisation, many moved to the common land of the drained marsh on the northern side of the ridge. By the early 19th century, Dilton Marsh had outgrown the older settlement.

Dilton Marsh was a tithing of the ancient parish of Westbury, and the church at Dilton (now Old Dilton) was a chapelry of the parish church at Westbury. Dilton Marsh civil parish was created in 1894, bounded on the east by the Biss Brook and on the west by the county boundary; the southern extent of the new parish was reduced in 1934 when Chapmanslade civil parish was created.

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