Tilty is a small hamlet in rural Essex, but – like many other similar communities across the United Kingdom – the war came to its doorsteps. The places and events below were particularly memorable for the residents of the neighbourhood.
|Tilty Church and Vicarage|
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|The wartime vicar, the Rev. Hugh Cuthbertson, was an important figure in the community, and the Vicarage was a haven for many evacuees.
His daughter Cecile has shared his extensive collection of material with us.
Part of a BBC radio broadcast, on Christmas Day 1940,
was from Tilty Village Hall.
|The Rev. Hugh Cuthbertson (working with the poet John Pudney) was instrumental in organising a section of this programme, broadcast from Tilty Village Hall. His daughter, Cecile, has contributed material related to this event.|
and other civil defence measures.
Tilty and the surrounding area were well protected by an impressive number of pillboxes and other devices.
|Alf Wright, local archivist, has carried out extensive research into local civil defence. He has contributed his personal account, many photographs and considerable technical details.|
On 5th February 1941 a Mosquito, on a test flight, crashed at the top of Tilty Hill.
|Several local residents remember this event, and Darren Stone has carried out extensive research on the incident. He has contributed his findings for this project.|
|School Days||Great Easton CE Primary School||The school features in many of the stories on this website.
Alf Wright has contributed a report about school life, 1939-1945.