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Hillfield, Dorset

Historical Description

Hilfield or Hillfield, a parochial chapelry in Dorsetshire, 3 miles ENE of Evershot station on the G.W.R., and 3½ Nw by N of Cerne Abbas. Post town, Dorchester; money order and telegraph office, Evershot. Acreage, 1599; population, 133. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Salisbury; value, £75. Patron, the Vicar of Sydling. The parish church is good.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyDorsetshire 
DioceseBristol1542 - 1836
DioceseSalisbury1836 -
HundredCerne Totcombe Modbury 
Poor Law unionCerne1835 -
Registration districtDorchester 
Registration sub-districtCerne 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The parish register of baptisms, marriages and burials begins in 1849. The original register books are now deposited with the Dorset Archives Service, but have been digitised by and made available on their site (subscription required).


Church of England

St. Nicholas (parish church)

The parish church of St. Nicholas is a very small and plain edifice of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, and a central turret containing one bell: the church has been restored, and affords 100 sittings.

St. Nicholas, Hillfield
St. Nicholas, Hillfield

Civil Registration

Hillfield was in Cerne Registration District from 1837 to 1838, Dorchester Registration District from 1838 to 1937, and Sturminster Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Hillfield from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Dorset is available to browse.


Online maps of Hillfield are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the Dorset County Chronicle and the Sherborne Mercury online.

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of Dorset, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.