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Population1,058 (2011)
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  • Tillingham
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Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CM0
Dialling code 01621
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51°41′53″N0°52′59″E / 51.698°N 0.883°E / 51.698; 0.883

Tillingham is a small village and civil parish with 1,015 inhabitants in 2001, [1] increasing to 1,058 at the 2011 Census, [2] located 8 miles (13 km) from Burnham-on-Crouch and 3 miles (4.8 km) from Bradwell-on-Sea, in Maldon District and the ceremonial county of Essex in England. It is one of the villages that make up the ancient Dengie Hundred, which is bounded by the River Blackwater and River Crouch.


Tillingham village is clustered around the main street with a historic centre that has been designated as a conservation area. [3]

The village has two pubs; "The Fox and Hounds" and "The Cap and Feathers", which dates back to the 15th century. [4]


An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward includes Bradwell-on-Sea and had a total population at the 2011 Census of 2,182. [5]


There is one primary school, St Nicholas C of E primary school. There are two chapels, the Peculiar People's chapel and the Congregational Chapel, and the 14th-century parish church of St Nicholas. The Parish Church has very strong links with St Paul's Cathedral, in London. The Corporation of the Cathedral Church of St Paul in London owns three arable farms and domestic properties in Tillingham, [6] known as the Prebends of Ealdland, [7] Reculverland [8] and Weldland. [9] Links go back to, at least, the middle of the 15th Century and the Cathedral remains the patron of the Parish Church.[ citation needed ] The Peculiar People, [10] who opened their Chapel in 1867, were renamed in the 1950s the Union of Evangelical Churches. Their chapel in Tillingham closed down around 2005. [11]

Tillingham is also mentioned in the H. G. Wells novel The War of the Worlds . It is the place where the narrator's brother arrives at the coast following his escape from London during the Martian invasion.


The most frequent service is the Dengie route D4 which operates to Southminster and Burnham-on-Crouch. Fords Coaches operate the fortnightly service 3 into Chelmsford.

The nearest railway stations are at Southminster and Burnham-on-Crouch which offer frequent services to South Woodham Ferrers, Billericay and London Liverpool Street.

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