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All Saints Church, Hilborough, Norfolk.jpg
All Saints Parish Church, Hilborough
Hilborough is located in Norfolk
 Hilborough shown within Norfolk
Area  24.08 km2 (9.30 sq mi)
Population 180 (2001 census)
   – density  7/km2 (18/sq mi)
OS grid reference TF8200
   – London  93.2 miles (150.0 km) 
Civil parish Hilborough CP
District Breckland
Shire county Norfolk
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town THETFORD
Postcode district IP26
Dialling code 01760
Police Norfolk
Fire Norfolk
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places

Coordinates: 52°34′19″N 0°41′45″E / 52.57184°N 0.69596°E / 52.57184; 0.69596

Hilborough is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk.[1] The village is 5.5 miles (8.9 km) south of Swaffham, 25.4 miles (40.9 km) west south west of Norwich and 93.2 miles (150.0 km) north north east of London. The village straddles the A1065 between Swaffham and Brandon.[2] The nearest railway station is at Brandon for the Breckland Line which runs between Cambridge and Norwich.


Hilborough has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1085.[3] In the great book Hilborough is recorded by the name ‘’Hildeburhwella’’. The main landholder is William de Warenne. The main tennent was named as William. The survey also notes that there were three mills, five Beehives. The ancestors of Admiral Nelson, including the Admiral's father, the Reverend Edmund Nelson, who left for Burnham Thorpe shortly before Horatio was born; were rectors of the parish church of All Saints at Hilborough between 1734 and 1806. In the 1990s the Hilborough Estate was bought by Hugh van Cutsem where he built a neo-Palladian mansion [4] designed by architect Francis Johnson. The efforts of the van Cutsem family and their estate workers resulted in the Hilborough Estate becoming one of the countries leading wild-bird shoots, winning awards for their conservation work.[5]

Notable people[edit]

The family of Admiral Nelson. Nelson’s grandfather, father, uncle-by-marriage and his brother were all rectors of All Saints parish church in the village. As a young boy Nelson stayed with his uncle and grandmother in Hilborough. After the battle of the Nile, Nelson was created Baron Nelson of the Nile and Hilborough.[6]

Other Notable people[edit]

The Parish Church of All Saints[edit]


  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 236 - King’s Lynn, Downham Market & Swaffham. ISBN 978-0-319-46408-3.
  2. ^ County A to Z Atlas, Street & Road maps Norfolk, ISBN 978-1-84348-614-5
  3. ^ The Domesday Book, Englands Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde,Norfolk page 190, Hilborough, ISBN 1-85833-440-3
  4. ^ Photos on Flckr
  5. ^ EDP24
  6. ^ The King’s England series, NORFOLK, by Arthur Mee,Pub:Hodder and Stoughton,1972, page 122 Hilborough, ISBN 0-340-15061-0