The village is closely linked to Monk Fryston, although both villages maintain separate parish councils. According to the 2011 UK census the population of Hillam parish was 720 and the number of households was 277.
The oldest record which names the village is dated 963 AD. It records a grant of land in Sherburn-in-Elmet and nearby settlements by King Eadgar to Aelsac as a reward for goods and services. The land granted in Hillam is described as, "on Hillum tyesra oxena gang" meaning "in Hillam two oxgangs". An oxgang was the related to the amount of land an ox could plough in a year and is roughly equated to 15 acres.
Hillam is situated just over 6 miles west of the market town of Selby. It lies 2 miles east of the A1(M) motorway junction 42, and 4 miles north of the M62 junction 33, at Ferrybridge. The A63 road, Leeds to Selby, runs parallel to the northern boundary of the parish.
The Ring Tree is lit at Christmas and local children gather to enjoy a Christmas celebration each year. Due to disease the flowering horse-chestnut tree was felled in May 2016 and replaced with a Whitebeam tree in November 2016. Hillam Historians restored the village pump in Hillam Square during 2006.
Hillam Square retains its red telephone box. In spring 2017 a defibrillator was installed.
Hillam News, the village magazine, is distributed to each household every two months. Hillam News gives details of recent and forthcoming events, news, comment, current affairs and a precis of Hillam Parish Council meeting minutes. See http://www.issuu.com/hillamnews for archive and the latest issue.
Community activities are supported by the Monk Fryston and Hillam Community Association. Cultural, educational and social community activities are held at the Community Centre and Village Children's Playground.
Hillam has a successful Cricket team which competes in the Wetherby League Divisions 2 and 4. Hillam and Monk Fryston Cricket Club's ground is noted for a tree at the boundary. Cricket has been played in Hillam over 100 years, and is very much a community activity, with all ages representing both teams.
Tour de Yorkshire
The 2016 Tour de Yorkshire passed through Hillam on Saturday 30 April 2016. The 135.5 km route between Otley and Doncaster was raced by both the men's and women's teams. The 2016 Women's Tour de Yorkshire raced through mid-morning and finally Stage 2 of the men's race swept through the village mid-afternoon.
Primary education needs are served by Monk Fryston Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School. The school has 198 pupils between 4 and 11 years of age.
The Parish Church is St Wilfrid's Church, Monk Fryston (Church of England).
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- "The National Heritage List for England". English Heritage. 12 January 2013. Archived from the original on 1 May 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2013.
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