Tilton on the Hill

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Tilton on the Hill
Tilton on the Hill is located in Leicestershire
Tilton on the Hill
Tilton on the Hill
 Tilton on the Hill shown within Leicestershire
Population 450 
OS grid reference SK 742 057
   – London 85.2 mi (137.1 km)  South
District Harborough
Shire county Leicestershire
Region East Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LE7
Dialling code 0116
Police Leicestershire
Fire Leicestershire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament Rutland and Melton
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Coordinates: 52°38′38″N 0°54′19″W / 52.64394°N 0.90531°W / 52.64394; -0.90531

Tilton on the Hill is a village and civil parish in the Harborough district of Leicestershire. It lies 2 miles north of the A47, on the B6047 to Melton Mowbray. Halstead civil parish (grid reference SK750056) was merged with Tilton in 1935, while the deserted medieval village of Whatborough (SK772059) was merged in 1994. Marefield remains a separate civil parish, but is part of the Tilton Electoral Ward.[1] St Peter's Tilton, the Parish Church is in the parish of Halstead, as is the vicarage.

Tilton on the Hill is one of the highest places in East Leicestershire at 719 feet (219 m) above sea level, with the Mill House standing at the highest point. Whatborough is the highest summit in the eastern half of the county. The centre of the village was designated a Conservation Area in 1975, with the boundaries updated in 1994 and 2005.[2]

In 2009, the village was named as the "Best Village in Leicestershire" in the Calor Village of the Year competition and also won Calor "Sustainability Village of the Year" for the Midlands.[3]

Tilton is represented in cricket by Tilton and Lowesby CC. Rob Welsh is currently the captain.


The village has one public house called the Rose & Crown and one general store. The village is served by Kyriacou's Fish 'n' Chip van twice a week.[4]

The Village Hall stands near the centre of the village.[5]

The village's post office was replaced by an 'Outreach Service' in 2008, serving the village in the village hall on Monday and Wednesday afternoons 1.30 - 4.15pm

Tilton railway station on the Great Northern Railway was closed in 1953. The railway cutting is a Geological Site of Special Scientific Interest and is owned and managed by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust.


Church of St Peter, Tilton on the Hill

There are two churches in Tilton on the Hill: St Peter's Tilton on the Hill (Church of England) and Halstead Methodist Chapel.

St Peter's Church[edit]

The first known mention of a religious establishment in Tilton is a reference in the Domesday Book to a priest. Much of the current church dates to the 13th and 14th Century and is a landmark for miles around. In 1854 substantial restoration work was carried out, overseen by R.C. Hussey, which led to the removal of the gallery at the west end of the church, as well as the medieval chancel screen. New roofs were installed but the bosses and corbelheads are thought to be 15th century originals,[6] Also installed in 1854 were new flooring, pulpit, reading desk and open benches. The total cost was £1200.[7] In 2014 the Church undertook a £193,000 repair of the bell-tower and spire.[8]

St Peter's contains the tombs of Sir Johan de Diggebye and his wife, dated 1269.[9] The tomb of Sir Everard Digby is dated 1509. In the Churchyard there is a medieval cross and the village memorial to those killed in World War I.[10]

Halstead Methodist Chapel[edit]

A Methodist Society began in Halstead in 1811,[11] and the Wesleyan chapel was built in 1813 on land let on a 99 year lease by T. Sikes esq. for a nominal 3 peppercorn rent. The chapel was enlarged in 1852,[12] and a plaque on the front marks a further extension in 1866. It was renovated internally in the late 1980s. In the 19th century it was part of the Stamford and Rutland Circuit.[13] It is now in the Leicester Trinity Methodist Circuit.[14]

Scheduled Ancient Monuments[edit]

There are 5 Scheduled Ancient Monuments in Tilton parish:[15]

Image S.A.M. Number   S.A.M. Description coordinates & Grid reference
Pond on the east side of the moated site 17014 Moated site beside Loddington Road, Tilton. A square house platform with some grass-covered stonework, now heavily overgrown, is surrounded by a broad moat, water filled on the eastern side.[16] 52°38′21″N 0°54′00″W / 52.6393°N 0.90005°W / 52.6393; -0.90005 (Tilton Moated Site)
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105 Churchyard Cross. A 13th century cross base and shaft standing 2.4 metres (7.9 ft) high, in its original position in St Peter's churchyard.[17] 52°38′35″N 0°54′12″W / 52.64306°N 0.903353°W / 52.64306; -0.903353 (Tilton Churchyard Cross)
106 Mound 220yds north-west of church, thought to be a mound for a windmill of either medieval or post-medieval date.[18] 52°38′43″N 0°54′16″W / 52.64532°N 0.904331°W / 52.64532; -0.904331 (Mound nw of Tilton Church)
Robin a tiptoe Hill. 186 Defended enclosure on Robin-a-Tiptoe Hill of some 4.5 hectares (11 acres), possibly an Iron Age enclosure although the dating is uncertain.[19] 52°37′48″N 0°51′33″W / 52.6301°N 0.8593°W / 52.6301; -0.8593 (Robin-a-tiptoe hill)
Whatborough Hill, near Tilton on the Hill 17090 Whatborough deserted medieval village 52°38′44″N 0°51′40″W / 52.6456°N 0.86102°W / 52.6456; -0.86102 (Whatborough deserted medieval village)

St Peter's Church is grade I listed, while a further 18 buildings are grade II listed[20]


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