Hilton Manor and Common


  Hilton has never been a separate manor, but was part of Fenstanton. The handsome red brick house, now called the 'Manor House', was originally Manor Farm belonging to the Manor of Fenstanton, where the real Manor House is a rather modest building by comparison. Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, the great landscape gardener, acquired the Manor of Fenstanton and Hilton in 1767 and  is said to have laid out the Green at Hilton. However a map of Hilton that John Spyers made for him in 1778 gives no indication of this. In its prime, before some of the large elms and beeches succumbed to disease and to gales, Hilton Green certainly looked worthy of him.

 The Hilton Green or Common, of around 27 acres, extends from Church Close, south-west of the Church, almost to the end of the village towards Fenstanton and includes the verges along the High Street to Hilton Hall. Originally part of extensive common land, most of which was enclosed into fields by 1840, the Green was preserved to "always be used as pasture land" and rights to graze one cow each are still attached to 13 properties in the village. There was formerly a pound, near where the cricket pavilion now stands, into which stray animals were penned until they were reclaimed upon paying a fine. Today the Green provides a beautiful setting for the cricket ground, for 'Feast Week' and for other village festivities.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 January 2013 16:24

Friday Feast

Hello folks, Just a quick reminder that it’s the 3rd Friday of the month so it’s FRIDAY FEAST time!! Hope you can join us this Friday in the parish church from 5.30 – 7pm. Similar format to previous months so there will be wine (feel free to bring a bottle if you’re likely to be thirsty!), soft drinks, crafts, singing and a light supper. This month our marvellous cooks will be serving fish finger butties with fishy biscuits for pudding– hopefully fish-shaped rather than sardine-flavoured! – so you’d be right in guessing we have a sea themed session planned. Hope to see you there