HINTON, TARRANT, a parish, in the union of Blandford, hundred of Pimperne, Blandford division of Dorset, 4 miles (N. E.) from Blandford; containing 278 inhabitants. The parish takes the affix to its name from the river Tarrant, which flows within its limits. It is situated on the great road from Salisbury to Exeter, through Blandford and Dorchester, and consists chiefly of arable and down land, with some extensive water meadows; the soil is chalky. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £12. 17. 1.; net income, £370; patrons, the family of Saunders. The church is a handsome ancient structure, in the later English style, with a square embattled tower.