Hilton (County Durham)
Just to the south of Hilton Hall lie a number of large earthworks- in the form of two large ditches. It is possible that they are all that survive of medieval fishponds. These would have contained fish used as a source of food by the inhabitants of the hall. It is likely that there was also a small village surrounding the hall, though there are no remains to be seen.
The church (St. Peter) is a small edifice, believed to date from the 11th century, and still retains two of its ancient Norman doorways. It was restored in 1873. A small stone screen behind the altar, with a marble cross in the centre, was erected, in 1887, to the memory of Douglas Errol Hay, son of Richard Henry Hay. In the 19th century a small school was built.
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