Machinery to produce Axminster carpets was installed in 1835.The Wilton Royal Carpet Factory was founded at the turn of the century, with the help of the then Lord Pembroke, to rescue the previous carpet factory that had fallen into financial difficulty.

The arrival of the railways led to increased prosperity.

The railway stations closed in 19 respectively; the nearest station is now at Salisbury.

The headquarters of Land Forces (and predecessors) was at Erskine Barracks, northeast of Wilton, from 1949 to 2010.

After the headquarters moved to Marlborough Lines near Andover the site was sold for housing.

Church of England parish church of St Mary and St Nicholas was built as a replacement for St Mary's Church between 18 at the instigation of the Countess Alexina Sophia Gallot of Pembroke and her younger son, Baron Sidney Herbert of Lea, designed by the architect Thomas Henry Wyatt in the Romanesque style, with considerable Byzantine influences.

For a small town, the church is enormous, representing the wealth of its benefactors.

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