infobox UK place
country = England
static_image_caption=Tilford Green and Lutyens' Tilford Institute
population = 765 [ [http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=7&b=800141&c=GU10+2DD&d=16&e=15&g=492607&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779 Census data] ]
region= South East England
South West Surrey
postcode_district = GU10
os_grid_reference=SU875434 Tilford is a small village about four miles South of
Farnhamin Surrey, England. It lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty(AONB) [ [http://www.tilfordwoods.co.uk/tilford-surrey.htm Tilford Woods] ] The River Weyflows past the village although the river is only navigable from Godalming, 7.3 miles downstream. Two medieval bridges span the branches of the river and are listed as ancient monuments. Several substantial farm houses date from the 16th century. Tilford House was built in 1727 and its chapel in 1776. [ [http://www.visithaslemere.com/out_about/index.php Visit Haslemere] ]
In the mid eighteenth century the village was owned by Elizabeth Abney, daughter of
Lady Mary Abney; and her detailed local survey map has survived to this day in the British Library.
The Tilford Institute was built in 1894 to Sir
Edwin Lutyens' design and is a focus for sport. The village has a triangular green used for cricketin the summer. The Barley Mow pub is adjacent to it. There is also the Rural Life Centre. Some scenes in the film Gladiatorwere filmed in Bourne Woods which is nearby. [ [http://www.btinternet.com/~damian.vincent/Gladiator.html Gladiator] ]
Beside the green, the Tilford Oak is said to be at least 800 years old.
William Cobbettthought it was the finest tree he had ever seen. Its branches have been lopped recently and the trunk is patched with iron sheets. In 1822, William Cobbettclaimed that the tree was 30ft in circumference. However, when the writer Eric Parkermeasured the tree in 1907 it was 24ft 9ins; he measured it again in 1934 and found it to be 1ft more.
Waverley Abbey Church of England school is located just outside the village. The name is derived from the ruined
Waverley Abbeymonastery a few miles away [ [http://www.waverley-abbey.surrey.sch.uk/prospectus.htm Waverley Abbey School prospectus] ]
* [http://www.roll-of-honour.com/Surrey/Tilford.html Tilford war memorial]
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