River Till, Wiltshire

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River Till
Shrewton, High Street - River Till - geograph.org.uk - 362120.jpg
River Till at Shrewton
CountryUnited Kingdom
Country within the UKEngland
Physical characteristics
 • locationTilshead, Salisbury
 • coordinates51°13′49″N 1°57′21″W / 51.23028°N 1.95583°W / 51.23028; -1.95583
 • location
Stapleford, Wiltshire
 • coordinates
51°08′09″N 1°54′07″W / 51.13583°N 1.90194°W / 51.13583; -1.90194Coordinates: 51°08′09″N 1°54′07″W / 51.13583°N 1.90194°W / 51.13583; -1.90194

The River Till is a river that rises near Tilshead on Salisbury Plain, and which flows south and south-east to join the River Wylye near Stapleford. It also flows through Shrewton and Winterbourne Stoke. It has been designated as a SSSI site.

The name ‘River Till’ is a double misnomer, firstly because this is not a river but a winterbourne – i.e. a winter stream that only flows for approximately three months in a year. Secondly because the name ‘Till’ is a Victorian misunderstanding. At some point the false leap of logic was made that because the winterbourne flows from the village of Tilshead this meant it was the head of the Till. In fact Tilshead arises from Tydolfshide, i.e. the hide of land belonging to Tydolf.

Even as recently as the early 20th century the winterbourne was known, in Shrewton at least, as ‘the Waterlake’, rather than the Till.