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Tilshead - OPC Vacancy

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Tilshead photo gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Chitterne All Saints - Imber - Maddington - Market Lavington - Orcheston St. George - Orcheston St. Mary - West Lavington



GenUKI - For information on Wiltshire and Tilshead
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies
Wiltshire Community History - Historical information for parishes within the Wiltshire County jurisdiction.
University of Leicester's - Website for historical Wiltshire directories


The Parish Church of St. Thomas a Becket

By the source of the River Till, deep within Salisbury Plain, lies Tilshead with an interesting church of which the most noteworthy feature is its massive 13th century tower set in the middle of the building but lacking the transepts of a cruciform church.  The nave is 12th century with massive square piers and plain arches.  There is a Norman Font  The church is faced with the combination of stone and flint characteristic of the Wiltshire chalk country.

Protestation Return 1641-1642          Church Re-opening 1846          Ecclesiastical Intelligence September 1846 

Parish Registers Held at WSHC

Baptisms 1664-1991
Marriages 1664-1999
Burials 1664-1994


Parish History

Civil Registration

1837 - April 1936 Amesbury Registration District
April 1936 - Present Salisbury Registration District


Buildings and Land

Owners of Land 1873                Outbreak of Swine Fever 1892


Great Flood 1841               Great Flood on the Plain               Great Flood Damage 1841                Great Flood Damage Repairs Estimates 1841 

Public Houses

Public Houses Gallery            


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1800-1849               Bastardy Examinations 1837-1859               Accused of Poaching 1864                Trespassing for Rabbits 1890           Soldier Charged with Watch Theft 1908         

Robbers Stone Inscription

"This monument is erected to record the awful end of  a highway robber who fell dead on this spot in attempting to escape his pursuers, after robbing Mr Dean of Imber, in the evening of October 21st 1839, and was buried at Chitterne without Funeral Rites. The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them. Prov 21, 7.  His three companions in Iniquity, Thomas Saunders, George Water and Richard Harris were captured and sentenced at the ensuing Quarter Sessions at Devizes to transportation for the Term of Fifteen Years.  Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished. Prov 11, 21"

A further stone was erected at the point of capture of the accomplices; images of the stones can be viewed in the main photo gallery



Post Office 1855             Gillmans 1899          Kellys 1915



Diocesan Board of Education Meeting 1874


Emigration and Migration


Employment and Business

British Postal Services Appointments 1737-1969


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship


People and Parish Notables


Shocking Accident 1846           

Census Returns Transcripts  

1851         1861         1871         1881         1891         1901

Elections, Polls and Voters Lists

Poll of Freeholders 1772          Poll Book 1818          Voters List 1832           Poll Book 1865           MP Nominations 2015           MP Nominations 2017      

Family Notices

Family Notices Undated           1800-1849               1900 - Present

Wedding Reports

Major Perkins & Miss Gurdon 1948


Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse

Amesbury Union Guardians Appointed 1835



Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Giles Tooker 1627      William, Earl of Pembroke 1630

Parishioners Wills

James Maslen Proved 1851          George Slade Proved 1695 (Nuncupative)           John Wansbrough Proved 1709


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Military Gallery

Why the Poppy          Servicemen & Families with the 1st Wilts. Regt. in South Africa 1911    


Winnie the Pooh and the Bear that Inspired Its Creation 1914     

War Memorials and Commemorations           

Diocese of Salisbury Memorial Book 1914-1918

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