In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Silton like this:
SILTON, a parish, with a village, in the district of Mere and county of Dorset; on the river Stour, 3 miles NW of Gillingham r. station, and 5 W by N of Wincanton. Post town, Wincanton, under Bath. Acres, 1,257. Rated property, £2,009. Pop., 306. Houses, 72. The manor belongs to Miss Chafyn Grove. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £379.* Patron, the Rev. W. J. E. Percy. The church 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 Silton has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of North Dorset. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Silton and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Silton in North Dorset | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th June 2015
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