Tillingbourne Tales

This Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project will focus on the wonderful and unique industrial heritage of the Tillingbourne Valley.

mapThe Tillingbourne, situated in the Surrey Hills, was one of the most industrialised 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.

Stretching from its source at Leith Hill to where the river converges with the Wey at Shalford, the Tillingbourne’s 11 miles of constant flow led to centuries of exploitation. With approximately 50 water wheels at its height, powering 24 known mills and supporting 12 different industries at various periods in time, including weaving, tanning, iron-working, paper-milling and gunpowder production, the valley’s idyllic landscape holds a significant legacy of cultural heritage. The Tillingbourne Tales HLF project worked with communities along the valley to research the Tillingbourne River’s industries, promote heritage trails, capture local knowledge through oral histories, and work with river wardens to monitor and record the beautiful River.

gunpowderThe lottery funding has enabled the Shere Museum to become a hub for all the research effort and through the “Tillingbourne Gallery” provides a permanent source of inspiration and information on the valley’s industrial history, displaying artefacts and research findings developed during the project.

The project was about bringing people together, through a shared love of their surroundings and roots.HLFHighImpactLogo

Click here to view the Tillingbourne Tales website

Tillingbourne Tales walks

Members of the Tillingbourne Valley Steering Group

Chairman – Cllr David Wright, Chairman Surrey Hills Board and Guildford Borough Council.
Support Officer – Pennie King, Grants & Working Group Administrator.

  • Christine Howard, Chairman Surrey Hills Society
  • Rob Fairbanks, Surrey Hills AONB Director
  • Lesley Childs
  • Roy Hogben
  • Roy Davey
  • Tim Harrold
  • Helen Neve
  • Mary Phillips
  • Maggie Scott
  • Pennie King (Administrator)


Meetings 2016

Meeting 20/09/2016

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Meeting 14/07/2016

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Meeting 19/05/2016

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Meeting 17/03/2016

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Meetings 2015

Meeting 09/12/2015

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Meeting 21/10/2015


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Meeting 08/09/2015


Meeting 06/07/2015

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Meeting 21/04/2015

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Meetings 2014

Meeting 1/04/2014
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Meeting 14/07/2014
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