Bilton, Warwickshire

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Bilton
Row of shops, Main Street, Bilton 7.20.jpg
Main Street, Bilton
Bilton is located in Warwickshire
Bilton
Bilton
Location within Warwickshire
Population6,175 (Ward 2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSP484736
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRUGBY
Postcode districtCV22
Dialling code01788
PoliceWarwickshire
FireWarwickshire
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Warwickshire
52°21′34″N 1°17′24″W / 52.359442°N 1.290039°W / 52.359442; -1.290039Coordinates: 52°21′34″N 1°17′24″W / 52.359442°N 1.290039°W / 52.359442; -1.290039

Bilton is a suburb of Rugby in Warwickshire, England, located about 1.5 miles south-west of Rugby town centre.[2] It is also a ward of the Borough of Rugby, which at the 2011 Census had a population of 6,175. It comprises much of the western half of the town. Historically a village in its own right, Bilton was incorporated into Rugby in 1932.

History[edit]

Historically a village in its own right (many residents continue to 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.[3] It is now grade II* listed.[4]

In the early 20th century, Bilton was enveloped by the suburban expansion of Rugby. In 1932, when Rugby became a municipal borough, the civil parish of Bilton was abolished, and most of its territory incorporated into the new borough, with the remainder going to Dunchurch.[2][5]

The old village centre of Bilton still survives. The village green of Bilton contains the remains of an ancient stone cross. Bilton Hall in the old village is a grade I listed building, the earliest parts of which date from 1623.[3]

To the north of Bilton is the area known as New Bilton.[2]

Amenities[edit]

Most of the local amenities in Bilton are clustered around Main Street and The Green, including a number of shops and businesses, a post office,[6] and two public houses; The Black Horse and The George.[7][8]

Education[edit]

Primary schools in Bilton include: Bawnmore Infant School, Bilton C. of E. Junior School, Bilton Infant School, Henry Hinde Infant and Junior Schools and Crescent School.

Secondary schools include: Bilton School and Rugby High School for Girls.

Notable residents[edit]

  • The writer and politician Joseph Addison (1672-1719) lived at Bilton Hall.[2]
  • The television presenter and actor Peter Purves lived in Bilton between 1987 and 1992.[9]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BILTON Ward in West Midlands". City Population. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Parishes: Bilton". British History Online.
  3. ^ a b Geoff, Allen (2000). Warwickshire Towns & Villages. Sigma Press. pp. 24–25. ISBN 1-85058-642-X.
  4. ^ "Church of St Mark A Grade II* Listed Building in Bilton, Warwickshire". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  5. ^ "The borough of Rugby". British History Online. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Bilton Post Office". Postoffice.uk. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  7. ^ "Rugby - Old Bilton". Geograph.org. Ian Rob. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  8. ^ "The George, Bilton". Geograph.org. Stephen McKay. Retrieved 23 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Blue Peter star Peter Purves signs book in Coventry". Coventry Telegraph. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 7 January 2020.

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