St Thomas à Becket Church, Tilshead


SPB logo in purple

Tilshead, village sign

Our church today

A church near you, logoA church near you, Tilshead The beautiful and ancient Grade 1 listed church of St Thomas à Becket has stood in Tilshead, in the heart of Salisbury Plain, for over a thousand years.

tilshead church exterior by Barabara Leatham

The church of St Thomas à Becket was built c 1100; photo by courtesy of Barabara Leatham, www.barbaraleatham.co.ukb.l.photography@btinternet.com

The village has a population of about 350 people. There is a filling station with shop and a pub with a Post Office outreach service.

There is a strong sense of community, and many of those who help with church cleaning, flower arranging and church events are not regular churchgoers.

An extensive programme of repairs and redecoration was carried out during 2011, and as a result the 2012 Quinquennial Inspection report has shown the church building to be in good condition. The Ministry of Defence is our Lay Rector, and is therefore responsible for repairs to the chancel, and we are lucky enough to have a well-supported and active Friends of Tilshead Church which helps with the maintenance of the fabric of the church.

Tilshead, church interior in 2011The interior of the church was redecorated in 2011

Our expanding Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School has 58 pupils, and weekly assemblies are held in the church.   A new classroom was blessed by The Right Reverend Dr Edward Condrey, Bishop of Ramsbury, in April 2013 (see below). 

Tilshead, Bishop of Ramsbury visits school

 External links  

Church location map 

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One thought on “St Thomas à Becket Church, Tilshead

  1. I felt that I had to write following a recent visit to Tilshead. I have been tracing my Family Tree for a few years. My Father was born in Wiltshire and as I live in West Yorkshire I so wanted to visit the villages where my ancestors lived. My youngest son offered to drive me down to visit the places. One of the first on the list was Tilshead. I was not disappointed, what a beautiful church and what a wonderful surprise to see above the font a memorial plaque to my 4th Great Grandmother Mary Lawes. She must have been well respected by the parishioners. Sadly I don’t have any links to my family down south. I know that the
    Lawes had many generations linked to Tilshead.
    Thank you for memories that I will forever cherish.
    Ruth Birkby

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