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Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies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.
Parish Registers Held at WSHC
1837 - April 1936 Amesbury Registration District
April 1936 - Present Salisbury Registration District
Buildings and Land
Crime and Legal Matters
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
Emigration and Migration
Employment and Business
Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship
People and Parish Notables
Elections and Polls
Poor Law, Charity and the Workhouse
Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held
War, Conflict and Military Matters