Places & Events

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

Photograph copyright:
Robert Edwards and
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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.
Christmas Broadcast
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.
Mosquito crash

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 DaysGreat Easton CE Primary SchoolThe school features in many of the stories on this website.

Alf Wright has contributed a report about school life, 1939-1945.