Tillington, (West Sussex)

The first reference to Tillington is in a title deed of 960 A.D., as "Tullington", the farm or village founded by Tulla. Upperton (Upper Village) is first mentioned in 1191.

During the 16th century many acres of grazing land east of Upperton was illegally enclosed to make a deer park for nearby Petworth House causing hardship to farmers of Upperton. A long running legal case against the Earl of Northumberland, owner of Petworth, funded by a "common purse", money raised by tenants as a fighting fund to fund legal action, was eventually unsuccessful.

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The parish church, All Hallows, has an unusual Scots crown tower which is a landmark when approaching from Petworth. It was painted by J M W Turner and John Constable. The church, first recorded in 1100 A.D. was mostly rebuilt and enlarged between 1807 and 1837, but retains Romanesque sculpture and a plain eight-sided 12th century stone font.

Parish picture

Opposite the church is the historic Horseguards Inn, thought to get its name from the cavalry who stayed there overnight while escorting gold bullion from London to the navy at Portsmouth.

Places of worship:

Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.

All Hallows

Census returns:

People residing in the parish:

947 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1841 census.

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

19 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

8 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1861 census.

8 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.

7 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1881 census.

9 individuals in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.


Grid reference: 496500, 121500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 70 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are 160 protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.


The OPC database contains 6 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 15 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains no postal directory entries for this parish.

1851 Post Office Directory for Tillington


There are no books about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There is 1 article about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 2 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC database contains 1 will of someone who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains no wills that mention this parish.

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