In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hindon like this:
HINDON, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Tisbury district, Wilts. The town stands on a declivity facing the woods of Fonthill, 3½ miles NW of Tisbury r. station, and 9 SSE of Warminster; is an ancient place, with marks of much vicissitude; sent two members to parliament from the time of Henry VI. till disfranchised by the act of 1832; had, for representatives, Monk Lewis and Henry Fox, afterwards Lord Holland; gave the title of baron to the Hydes; suffered greatly by fire in 1754, and was afterwards considerably rebuilt; consists now chiefly of one broad street; has a post office‡ under Salisbury, an excellent inn, a church, two dissenting chapels, and a free school; and is a seat of petty sessions and a polling place. ...
The church is ancient, with a tower; was originally a chapel of ease; and was restored and enlarged in 1836. A weekly market was formerly held on Thursday; and fairs are now held on the Monday after Holy Thursday and on 29 Oct. The neighbouring tract to the S and the SE is fertile, ornate, and scenic, and rejoices in the rich demesne of Fonthill; that to the W and the N passes into a wild expanse of down, which has many remains of ancient earthworks; and that to the NE, on to the Great Ridge Wood, 2 miles distant, has traces of several ancient British villages.The parish comprises 212 acres. Real property, with Berwick-ST. Leonard, Chicklade, and Fonthill-Giffford, £5, 111. Rated property of H. alone, £770. Pop. in 1851, 710; in 1861, 604. Houses, 144. The manor belonged to the Beauchamps, and passed to the Hydes. Hindon House is a chief residence. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Salisbury. Value, £75. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. Charities, £104.The sub-district contains eight parishes. Acres, 9, 813. Pop., 2, 501. Houses, 534.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hindon, in Salisbury and Wiltshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 17th April 2014
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