Main Street, Bilton
|Population||6,175 (Ward 2011)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||West Midlands|
Bilton is a suburb of Rugby in Warwickshire, England, located about 1.5 miles south-west of Rugby town centre, it is also a ward of the Borough of Rugby. It comprises much of the western half of the town.
Historically a village in its own right (in fact, many Bilton residents still refer to the area as a village), Bilton's name is derived from the Anglo-Saxon Beolatun (Beola's town), and it was mentioned in the Domesday Book as both Beltone and Bentone. The parish Church of St. Mark in Bilton dates from the mid-14th century, but was expanded and restored in 1873.
In the early 20th century, Bilton was enveloped by the suburban expansion of Rugby. In 1932, Bilton was formally absorbed into Rugby when the civil parish was abolished, and most of its territory incorporated into the Rugby municipal borough, the remainder went to Dunchurch.
The old village centre of Bilton still survives. The village green of Bilton contains the remains of an ancient cross. Bilton Hall in the old village is a grade I listed building, the earliest parts of which date from 1623.
Bawnmore Infant School, Bilton C. of E. Junior School, Bilton Infant School, Bilton School, Bizzy Tots Day Nursery, Henry Hinde Infant and Junior Schools, Cawston Grange School, Rugby High School for Girls and Crescent School are located in Bilton.
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