Tortington, St Mary Magdalene
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Tortington Priory was founded by Hadwissa Corbett sometime in the 12th century as a house of Augustinian canons. Interestingly, Tortington appears to have been used as a place where troublesome canons were sent - a sort of house of monastic correction!
The interior features a highly decorated Norman chancel arch, replete with likenesses of fearsome birds and grimacing faces. The font is of 12th-century date, again highly carved with decorative motifs. It was apparently broken in two at some point and then re-joined again.
The south nave arcade is 13th century and leads to a south aisle added at that time. The crown-posts supporting the nave roof may also be 13th-century survivors. There is a 15th-century bench in the south aisle and a simple Jacobean pulpit.
The most modern touch in the church are colourful stained glass windows made by the popular Kempe studio around 1896. St Mary Magdalene is no longer used for regular worship and is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
About Tortington, St Mary Magdalene
Address: Off Ford Road, Tortington, West Sussex, England, BN18 0FD
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Beside Tortington Farm, off the minor road from Arundel to Littlehampton
Website: Tortington, St Mary Magdalene
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: Chris Downer, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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