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A section of the Grim's Ditch forms part of the southern boundary of the parish. The prehistoric Ridgeway National Trail passes south of the village.

The Domesday Book of 1086 lists the parish.

In 1644 the village was the site of a minor incident following the Second Battle of Newbury in which Parliamentarians narrowly escaped being attacked by Royalists.

The Church of England parish church of All Saints dates from the 12th century. Since 1976 the ecclesiastical parish has been united with Harwell.

The southern part of the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, including the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, is in the parish.


  1. ^ "Area: Chilton (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 November 2014.

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