River Till, Wiltshire

Coordinates: 51°08′09″N 1°54′07″W / 51.13583°N 1.90194°W / 51.13583; -1.90194
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River Till
River Till at Shrewton
CountryUnited Kingdom
Country within the UKEngland
Physical characteristics
 • locationTilshead
 • 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; -1.90194

The River Till rises near Tilshead on Salisbury Plain in the English county of Wiltshire. It flows for about 14 km (9 miles) south and south-east, through Orcheston, Maddington, Shrewton, Winterbourne Stoke, Berwick St James and Stapleford, to join the River Wylye.[1]

The upper part of the river is a winterbourne, flowing only in winter and early spring.[2] The whole length of the Till has been designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, as its vegetation includes water crowfoot which provides habitat for fish and snails.[3]

Although Tilshead village appears to be named from the river, the opposite applies. The village name was first used in the 16th century, and comes from older names based on "Theodwulf's hide" (recorded in Domesday Book as Tidolthide).[4] The river was called the Winterbourne until around the start of the 20th century, when the name River Till began to be used on Ordnance Survey maps.[5]

Water quality[edit]

The Environment Agency measures the water quality of the river systems in England. Each is given an overall ecological status, which may be one of five levels: high, good, moderate, poor and bad. There are several components that are used to determine this, including biological status, which looks at the quantity and varieties of invertebrates, angiosperms and fish. Chemical status, which compares the concentrations of various chemicals against known safe concentrations, is rated good or fail.[6]

Water quality of the River Till in 2019:

Section Ecological
Length Catchment Channel
Till (Hampshire Avon)[7] Good Fail Moderate 13.993 km (8.695 mi) 127.785 km2 (49.338 sq mi)


  1. ^ "Till (Hampshire Avon)". Catchment Data Explorer. Environment Agency. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Notification: River Till SSSI" (PDF). Natural England. August 2000. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  3. ^ "River Till SSSI". Natural England. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  4. ^ Tilshead in the Domesday Book
  5. ^ Baggs, A.P.; Freeman, Jane; Stevenson, Janet H (1995). Crowley, D.A. (ed.). "Victoria County History: Wiltshire: Vol 15 pp263-275 – Parishes: Tilshead". British History Online. University of London. Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Glossary (see Biological quality element; Chemical status; and Ecological status)". Catchment Data Explorer. Environment Agency. 17 February 2016. Text was copied from this source, which is available under an Open Government Licence v3.0. © Crown copyright.
  7. ^ "Till (Hampshire Avon)". Catchment Data Explorer. Environment Agency.