Hilton, Dorset

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Hilton is located in Dorset
Hilton shown within Dorset
Population 477 
OS grid reference ST782030
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
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50°49′34″N 2°18′38″W / 50.8261°N 2.3106°W / 50.8261; -2.3106Coordinates: 50°49′34″N 2°18′38″W / 50.8261°N 2.3106°W / 50.8261; -2.3106

Hilton is a village and civil parish in the county of Dorset in southern England. It is sited at an altitude of 135 metres in a small valley which drains chalk hills in the eastern part of the Dorset Downs. It lies within the North Dorset administrative district, approximately 8 miles (13 km) west-south-west of the town of Blandford Forum. The summit of Bulbarrow Hill (274 metres) is 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of the village. In the 2011 census the parish—which includes the settlement of Ansty to the west—had 231 dwellings,[1] 206 households and a population of 477.[2]

Hilton used to form a part of the estate of the nearby Milton Abbey when it was owned by the rich Hambro family; the Hambros, who often used to entertain Edward VII, planted woods on the surrounding hills, to provide cover for pheasants.[3] However the woods surrounding Hilton today are mostly post-war plantations of beech (Fagus sylvatica) and ash (Fraxinus excelsior) as the hills were cleared during WW2. Large areas are privately owned, although there are open access areas owned and managed by the Forestry Commission.[citation needed]

The church of All Saints is a typical Dorset country church and is mainly in the late Gothic style. In the north aisle a fine range of windows from the cloisters of Milton Abbey have been reused. The fan vault in the porch probably comes from the same source. Also from the abbey are a set of 12 panels with paintings of the Apostles: these are of high quality and early 16th century in date.[4]

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hilton like this:

HILTON, a parish in Blandford district, Dorset; under Bulbarrow camp, 7½ miles WSW of Blandford town and r. station. It contains the hamlets of Aller, Anstey, and Hartsfoot-Lane; and its post town is Milton-Abbas, under Blandford. Acres, 2, 974. Real property, £3, 945. Pop., 833. Houses, 162. The property is divided among a few. Orchards and gardens occupy considerable space. Slate, coal, and bog iron abound; and some gold has been found. There are many mineral springs. Druidical remains, Roman urns and coins, early English coins, and other ancient relics have been found. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £.273.* Patron, the Bishop of Salisbury. The church is tolerable, and has a tower.[5]


  1. ^ "Area: Hilton (Parish). Dwellings, Household Spaces and Accommodation Type, 2011 (KS401EW)". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Area: Hilton (Parish). Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
  3. ^ Wightman, Ralph (1983). Portrait of Dorset (4 ed.). Robert Hale Ltd. pp. 110–111. ISBN 0-7090-0844-9. 
  4. ^ Betjeman, John, ed. (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches; the South. London: Collins; p. 174
  5. ^ http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/index.jsp

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