Tillington first comes in to history at the time of Edward the Confessor (1042-1066), with a land value of £8, in the possession of a Lady Eddeva, who held it of the King. In the Domesday Book (1086), “ Tolystone” comprised 5 hides (one hide = 120 acres), 7 ploughs, with 8 oxen to one plough, 2 demesnes or farms, one mill, 120 eels, 12 meadows, 20 woods - with 21 villeins, 11 cottagers and 8 serfs; valued at £8.6s.
Sussex villages at this time were small settlements on areas of cultivation cleared from the forests of the Weald. Tillington village lies on a sandstone ridge, with good farmland for crops towards the river Rother. The true Weald begins at River Common, stiff unploughable clay, even today still largely in the wild. The Venerable Bede said of the Weald: “thick and inaccessible, the abode of deer, swine and hogs”.