A Topographical Dictionary of England, Samuel Lewis, London 1831


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HILTON, a parish in the hundred of WHITEWAY, Cerne sub-division of the county of DORSET, 7 miles (W.S.W.) from Blandford-Forum, containing 610 inhabitants.

The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Dorset, and diocese of Bristol, rated in the king's books at 8. 10. 5., and in the patronage of the Bishop of Salisbury. The church is dedicated to All Saints. A school-house has been erected by Lady C. Damer, which is supported by subscription.

On Bulbarrow hill, the highest in the neighbourhood, is a circular double intrenchment, supposed to be of Danish formation. Within the parish are some mineral springs, the water of which possesses calcareous and ferruginous properties. Bog iron and bituminous schist, or slate coal, are found in profusion; also good brick-clay of a blue colour, in which are oyster shells nine inches in diameter, large scallop and muscle shells, cornua ammonis, mineralised wood, and a quantity of pyrites. Some specimens of iron-ore, dug at Belchalwel, near this place, have been analysed, and found to contain four grains of gold in the pound weight. Curious fossils have been discovered in the flint rocks, with some chalcedony and carmelite: on the side of a chalk hill were found the bones, teeth, and tusks, of the mammoth; the bones were of great size, but mouldered on being touched. In draining some land a few years since, ancient ornaments of fine gold, weighing from eight to nine ounces, consisting of a wreath more than four feet long, with a trumpet shaped ornament at each end, and at the larger end a ring of gold three inches in diameter, were discovered; these were probably a Druidical collar and armlet, as it is known the Druids adorned their persons with trinkets of this description. Many urns, filled with ashes and burnt bones, have been found from time to time, and in getting gravel on the hills, twenty-four of them were discovered in one barrow.

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