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St Mary's Church, Tilston
Grid reference: SJ4526250649
Location: 53°1’48"N, 2°49’0"W
Population: 603  (2011)
Post town: Malpas
Postcode: SY14
Dialling code: 01829
Local Government
Council: Cheshire West & Chester

Tilston is a village and parish in Cheshire. The ancient parish comprises the townships of Tilston, Grafton and Horton, whereas the civil parish consists only of the first two. At the 2001 Census, the population of the civil parish was recorded as 627,[1] reducing to 603 at the 2011 census.[2]

St Mary's Church, Tilston, is a Grade-II* listed building.


Tilston was the site of a Roman town, known as Bovium,[3] which was a station on the Roman equivalent of Watling Street between the larger settlements at Deva Victrix (Chester) and Viroconium (Wroxeter).[4]

In 1066 after the Battle of Hastings the area of present-day Tilston was taken from the Anglo-Saxons. Hugh Lupus, the nephew of King William I was given these lands. Hugh then gave parts of this land to his supporters. The village of Tilston was given to a knight named Eynion who was the called Eynion de Tilston. The Manor of Tilston was near the border with Powys Fadog. In the 12th century, this was not part of the Kingdom of England the borderlands were the source of constant raids. The Tilston lords lived in a castle on the manor. The Tilston family eventually lost the manor with the demise of feudalism.


  1. "2001 Census: Tilston CP". Office for National Statistics. http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=3&b=792514&c=tilston&d=16&e=15&g=427714&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1221949485828&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779. Retrieved 20 September 2008. 
  2. "Parish population 2011". http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=11129713&c=SY14+7DP&d=16&e=62&g=6407254&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=0&s=1432806061510&enc=1. Retrieved 28 May 2015. 
  3. Waddelove, A.C.; Waddelove, E. (1984). "The Location of Bovium". Britannia 15, Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies. pp. 255–257. 
  4. Phillips, A.D.M.; Phillips, C.B. (2002). A New Historical Atlas of Cheshire. Chester: Cheshire Council. pp. 18–19. ISBN 0-904532-46-1. 

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