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The Wilton Area



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.

Nowadays, Wilton 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.