Wilton was a regional centre long before Salisbury existed and it is likely
that there was a shire based on Wilton or the Wylye Valley as early as 750
or 700 AD. It is widely thought that Wilton gave the county its name when it
was known as Wiltunscir in the Saxon Chronicle of 802.
is one of the smallest of Wiltshires towns. The Wilton area has a thinly
spread population living in an area which includes large tracts of chalk
downland and extensive woodland.
The Wilton Area also has areas of specific
interest with Wilton House, Fovant Cap Badges etched into the chalk
downlands, Langford mills and the shopping villages all attracting visitors.