About Us



In early 2006 two or three neighbours were chatting and talking about the village, and its stories, people and houses. They expressed regret that many of the older people who "knew everybody" (and could go back 85+ years) had now died and many of their stories with them. This led to a consideration as to whether there would be enough interest in the village to set up a local history group with the aim of recording stories and information before any more would be lost.


An article was placed in the January issue of the quarterly Tilney and Terrington St. John Village News and, following a wonderful response, the Tilney All Saints Local History Group was born!

The first meeting was held in April 2006 and since then the Group has met regularly.



The aim of the Group is to research and record the history of Tilney All Saints and to make it readily available for future generations to reflect upon and enjoy. The initial plan is to build up a picture of the village as it was in the fifties (as we still have folk around who can give their own memories of that time) and compare it with the present (which is also history in the making). We have also started the collecting and researching of the very early history before it is lost.


The diverse group is made up of people who live in Tilney All Saints and who love it. They are people who have found some of the threads of its rich history and want to trace more and make permanent records for future generations. All are committed to participate in some way in the varied tasks involved in research and recording local history e.g. sharing their own stories, searching for photos and information, interviewing, typing, visiting archives, web design, writing, administration etc.

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If you are a former or current resident of the village, or if you have an interest of any kind in our village, please feel free to contact us, or post your views and comments below.




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# janice graham 2014-06-26 10:12
Hello my name is Janice Graham, and l used to live in Norwich but have now moved to Surrey. l was very interested in the Tilney Sroll as l am checking up on my own family history and one of the names that l came across was Tilney. l read of your wonderful find of the Tilney Scroll and would love to come and look at this remarkable discovery. l have heard that it is on display in Norwich which is a shame because it belongs to your village. l shall be visting Norwich later in the year for the sole purpose of looking at your wonderful scroll.
Best Wishes to you all.
Janice Graham
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# June Mitchell 2014-06-26 15:43
Hello Janice,
We're pleased to hear from you. I'm secretary for the History Group. The original Tilney Pedigree scroll at the NRO is accessible in the research room or the Archive Centre. But we were able to get a copy of the 9' scroll and it hangs in the Tilney All Saints Parish Church. So when you arrange your visit to Norfolk, you may want to come and see it here. We have other resources about the Tilney family which may be of interest to you.Best wishes with your FH searches.
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# frank 2015-10-16 14:46
hallo ,we were in your area recently and noticed several places starting with Tilney and wondered what "Tilney" was originally.Dont know if you may know.Thanks Frank Simmonds
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# Christine Vickers 2017-01-26 22:54
Hi. I've been researching my family tree and found on the 1871 census that my great grandparents were both servants in the employ of a Mr Watson Failes, who had a farm of 327 acres on 6th Spellow Field, Tilley All Saints.
This is probably how they met. I am planning a trip up to Norfolk (from Canterbury, Kent) to visit the places they used to live. Just thought I'd contact you to see if you know of the farm, the field or indeed the farmer Mr Failes?
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# peter thatcher 2017-02-01 07:18
Hello, On a recent visit to Tilney Allsaints my attention was attracted to the road name of White Cross Lane. I live the other side of Wisbech ( Used to be head at Walpole Highway) and have awn interest in local history. I have discovered there are several of these white crosses - sites of/remains of, in the Fens, and am interested to find the possible remains of one ( or more ? ) in your neck of the woods. They seem to have been perhaps boundary marking structures/and /or prayer meeting places of medieval origin. I not with interest that the possible base of your cross is perhaps in the church yard - same thing exists in Leverington church. I would love to hear if you have any knowledge on this subject please.
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# Sarah Cassell 2017-02-10 15:13
Hi, I'm a PhD student at UEA (I live in South Norfolk). I'm researching East Anglian late medieval timber roofs, especially those with angelic representation. Amongst other things, I'm looking at double hammer-beam roofs and I'll be returning to have another look at the Tilney All Saints roof. I just wanted to say how interesting I have found your website and how fantastic it is to see how actively people in the area are researching and exploring its history.
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# maureen whiting 2017-02-22 11:09
hello,i was baptised in the methodist church in 1948. We lived on Shepherdgate Farm. I have no memories, I was too young, but hope to visit one day.
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# Graham Cox 2017-08-14 13:59
Dear History Group

I have recently discovered that my father was born in Littlelondon Tilney all saints in 1918. His mother was Sarah Suzannah Callow (buried at Terrington) and father was John Robert Cox. They married in Tilney Church in 1909. If there are records or documents that might help me build a richer picture I would be most grateful. We will be visiting Norfolk in September

Thank you for any help you can offer

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