The Parish

Burghill parish includes the villages of Burghill, Tillington, Portway and Eltons Marsh.

Burghill-St-Mary-the-Virgin2The village of Burghill has a Norman church, St Mary the Virgin, and a village hall, the Simpson Hall. There is a golf club, Burghill Valley Golf Club, and the whole area is surrounded by apple and pear orchards. The local pub is the Bell Inn, situated in Tillington, just north of Burghill

In the Doomsday Book, compiled soon after the Norman Conquest, the name of the village is spelled Burgelle; in 1169 in the Pipe Rolls, Burchil; in 1212 in the Red Book of the Exchequer, Burghulle. It has been Burghill for the last eight centuries.

Burghill may have been the site of the first castle to have been built in England. It would have been built before the Norman conquest, about the year 1051, by Normans in the service of Osbern Pentecost, a follower of Ralph de Mantes and supporter of Edward the Confessor.