The Church of St. Mary Magdalene - Tortington


The Church is the former Anglican parish church of the hamlet of Tortington in the district of Arun.

It was founded around 1140 but there are various ideas on who built it. There is a view that it was built for the nearby Priory but other records suggest it predates that. The building is of local flint and Caen stone and despite some Victiorian restoration work, little has changed.

It is Grade 11 listed due to its of architectural and historical importance. The building remained in use until 1978 and is now cared for by the:

Churches Conservation Trust (CCT)

Although the Church is in the care of the CCT 

Services are still organised by:

St Nicholas’ Church, Arundel

and are held four times each year.

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2018 Events and Services - (all held in the church)


Sunday  April 8th    at 4 p.m. - Eastertide Eucharist

         Sunday  July 22nd   at 4 p.m. - Patronal Festival Eucharist

        Sunday  Sept 16th  at 4 p.m. - Harvest Festival Evensong


        Sunday  Nov 11th   at 4 p.m. - Armistice Commemoration

Saturday Dec 22nd at 3 p.m. - Christmas Carols

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The Friends Of Tortington Church (FOTC) support it with a range of activities

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Thursday March 15th March at 6.30 p.m

                Annual General Meeting

Saturday April 21st between 09:30 and 11:30 a.m.

               Churchyard tidying and Church cleaning

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Sunday   April 29th at 4.00 p.m.

                The ever popular St. Nicholas’ Church Barbershop Quartet.

Saturday May 5th at 11.00 a.m

                The renowned Tortington  Plant Sale.

Friday     May 11th at 7.00 p.m.

                Drip Action Theatre - Two plays for May,

                                                   a double bill on a rural theme.

Friday     June 8th at 7.00 p.m

                Midsummer Night’s Dream - Admission £10.00

Saturday September 8th from 9.00 a.m.

                 National Stride and Ride event.

                        Sponsored cycling/walking between local churches.

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Saturday September 29th between 09:30 and 11:30 a.m.

                Churchyard tidying and Church cleaning

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Please tell your friends and family about our events.

Directions to Tortington Church - there are brown road signs marked “St Mary’s Church” at the Ford Road junction along with a second sign pointing to the church gate.

 Toilet facilities are available when services or events are being held

For more about Tortington Church, ‘Friends’ the Churches Conservation Trust, contact the Parish Office at St. Nicholas’ Church, Arundel.  01903 88 22 62. .

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There are brown road signs marked “St Mary’s Church” at the Ford Road junction with Tortington Lane along with a second sign pointing North to the church gate.