In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hilfield like this:
HILFIELD, or HILLFIELD, a parochial chapelry in Dorchester district, Dorset; 3 miles ENE of Evershot r. station, and 3½ NW by N of Cerne-Abbas. Post town, Cerne, under Dorchester. Acres, 1, 584. Real property, £1, 564. Pop., 111. Houses, 23. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to-Charles Cousin, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £52. Patron, the Vicar of Sydling. The church is good.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Hilfield has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of West Dorset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Hilfield and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hilfield in West Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 10th February 2016
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