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Silton, parish church of St. Nicholas - - 522899.jpg
Parish church of St Nicholas, Silton
Silton is located in Dorset
Silton shown within Dorset
Population 123 
OS grid reference ST783293
Shire county
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Dorset
Fire Dorset and Wiltshire
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
List of places
51°03′47″N 2°18′46″W / 51.0631°N 2.3127°W / 51.0631; -2.3127Coordinates: 51°03′47″N 2°18′46″W / 51.0631°N 2.3127°W / 51.0631; -2.3127

Silton is a small village and civil parish in north Dorset, England, situated in the Blackmore Vale 4 miles (6.4 km) northwest of Gillingham. In the 2011 census the civil parish had 57 households and a population of 123.[1]

In 1086 Silton was recorded in the Domesday Book as Seltone;[2] it had 16 households, 11.5 ploughlands, 28 acres (11 ha) of meadow and 4 mills. It was in the hundred of Gillingham and the tenant-in-chief was William of Falaise.[3] This original settlement was near the church, on a low ridge between the River Stour and a minor tributary to the southwest.[4]

Silton was for many years the country residence of Sir Hugh Wyndham (1602-1684), whose memorial by the sculptor Jan van Nost is in the parish church of St Nicholas.


  1. ^ "Area: Silton (Parish). Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Dorset S–Z". The Domesday Book Online. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Place: Silton". Open Domesday. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "'Silton', in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 4, North (London, 1972), pp. 76-79". British History Online. University of London. 2014. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 

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