Funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Tillingbourne Tales has delved into the fascinating history of the Tillingbourne Valley and discovered some wonderful stories to help bring to life the important industrial heritage of the area.
The Tillingbourne, situated in the Surrey Hills, was one of the most industrialized river valleys in 17th century England. Much of its milling had origins since at least the time of Domesday in 1086, with some of its production (such as gunpowder at Chilworth) of national importance up until the First World War.
A range of people have contributed to the unique heritage of the Tillingbourne Valley…from the early millers of Doomsday to the historians and archaeologists who still study them today!
Learn about the ‘characters’ (historical figures who worked in an industry that represents each village) and hear their tales. Seven puppet characters have been created to help bring the stories of the Tillingbourne to life, a corn miller has been selected for Shalford, a gunpowder worker for Chilworth, a weaver for Shere, a tanner for Gomshall etc.. The puppets will be permanently located in Shere Museum along with further information about the project.
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