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St Nicholas Church, Hilfield
Hilfield is located in Dorset
Hilfield shown within Dorset
Population50 [1]
OS grid referenceST634050
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
FireDorset and Wiltshire
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
List of places
50°50′36″N 2°31′16″W / 50.8434°N 2.5211°W / 50.8434; -2.5211Coordinates: 50°50′36″N 2°31′16″W / 50.8434°N 2.5211°W / 50.8434; -2.5211

Hilfield is a small, scattered village and civil parish in west Dorset, England, situated under the scarp face of the Dorset Downs 7 miles (11 km) south of Sherborne. Dorset County Council's 2013 estimate of the parish population is 50.[1]

Hilfield parish church, dedicated to St Nicholas, has late 13th- or early 14th-century origins, though the present building dates from the 15th century and was substantially altered in 1848.[2] It has wooden parquet flooring, notable carved bench ends—possibly moved from Cerne Abbey[3] and thought to be Flemish but of unknown age—and the pulpit and seating have 16th-century panelling. It is one of the smallest English parish churches.[4]

Hilfield Friary is a faith-based community centred on Franciscan brothers of the Anglican Society of St Francis. The Hilfield community, which is made up of Franciscan Brothers, and others who join them, young people living along side then and couples and family's also live here, the community encourages environmental sustainability within the Franciscan ethos of peace, faith and justice, is run from here.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Parish Population Data". Dorset County Council. 20 January 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Church of St Nicholas, Hilfield". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  3. ^ West Dorset, Holiday and Tourist Guide. West Dorset District Council. c. 1983. p. 10.
  4. ^ Roland Gant (1980). Dorset Villages. Robert Hale Ltd. pp. 71–2. ISBN 0 7091 8135 3.
  5. ^ "The Hilfield Project". BBC. 25 March 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2014.

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