Tilsworth – All Saints

All Saints, Tilsworth

The church of All Saints in Tilsworth is situated to the west of the village on the Stanbridge Road. Parking is available in the car park shared with the Community Hall about 100 yards further west on the Stanbridge Road.

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The church is situated on an area of raised ground to the north of the road and consists of a nave and chancel, south aisle, vestry/organ chamber and porch and a west tower within the nave and aisle. The chancel is around 27 feet by 16 with the nave adding some 36 feet in a width of 18 feet. The south aisle is around 10 feet wide and the tower within the walls is around 12 feet by 15 feet and some 58 feet high.

The church is built of a mix of ironstone and Totternhoe stone and whilst there was probably an earlier building on the site, no evidence remains. Parts of the current building have been dated to C13 but the south aisle and tower date from works in C14. There was a south chapel which was demolished in C16 but has been rebuilt as an organ chamber and vestry in the early years of C20.

All Saints, Tilsworth. Chancel from the south.

With the completion of the organ chamber and vestry in 1909 as part of the renovations undertaken around that time by the Rev. Thomas Green who was vicar from 1879-1923 the south side of the chancel was lost to view. The remaining window to the east of the buttress was blocked at that time and remains as a fragment of masonry. The window was of two lights with under a pointed arch.

All Saints, Tilsworth. South vestry, east window

The vestry and organ chamber as an ornate two-light east window with cinquefoil tracery with quatrefoil designs above under a square head. The south side has a modern conjoined two-light window with round heads under a square head alongside the priest’s door.

All Saints, Tilsworth. South vestry, south window

The south aisle beyond the vestry has two windows to the east of the porch and one to the west.

All Saints, Tilsworth. View from the south-east.
All Saints, Tilsworth. South aisle, eastern window

The two eastern windows are of the same C15 style with two cinquefoiled lights with perpendicular tracery above under a four-centred arch. The western window is a grander window of the same style, this time being of three cinquefoiled lights.

All Saints, Tilsworth. South aisle, western window
All Saints, Tilsworth. South porch.

The south porch dates from C17 and is of brick and timber construction with fragments of C14 tracery acting as windows to the east and west. There is a wooden sundial in the gable of the porch.

All Saints, Tilsworth. South porch.
All Saints, Tilsworth. Tower from the south.

The tower is in two stages an embattled parapet with belfry openings of two trefoiled lights with a quatrefoil design under two-centred arches.

All Saints, Tilsworth. Tower from the north.

The west window is of three cinquefoiled lights with perpendicular tracery above under a two-centred arch.

All Saints, Tilsworth. West window.

The north side of the church has a north door and window in the nave and two windows to the north of the chancel.

All Saints, Tilsworth. View from the north-west.
All Saints, Tilsworth. North side nave window.

The C14 window on the north side of the nave is a grand affair of three cinquefoiled lights with flowing tracery under a pointed arch.

All Saints, Tilsworth. Chancel from the north.

The north side of the chancel has two similar C14 windows each of two trefoiled lights with a quatrefoil design in the head under a two-centred arch although the western has been shortened within the opening.

All Saints, Tilsworth. Chancel north-west window.
All Saints, Tilsworth. East end.

The east window also dates from C14 and consists of three cinquefoiled lights with perpendicular tracery above under a two-centred arch.

All Saints, Tilsworth. East window.