This is the website for the local community in Tortington, a small rural parish just south-west of Arundel in West Sussex.
It was started by a group of residents concerned that the dispersed nature of the population in our parish meant that many local issues and news affecting all of us were going unnoticed. The parish church once fulfilled this role in all English rural communities but unfortunately our church, St Mary Magdalene’s, is now a redundant church in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, supported locally by the Friends of Tortington Church.
The website also celebrates the beautiful environment in which we live here in Tortington, 35% of our parish being woodland in the South Downs National Park. Much of the remainder has been under continuous cultivation or grazing since before the Norman Conquest – more than 1,000 years of continuity in this landscape.
But as well as promoting our beautiful countryside and our built heritage – St Mary Magdalene’s church and the remains of Tortington Priory are both 900 years old – we also want to promote our local rural businesses. Too often neglected and overshadowed by the towns and larger villages along the south coast, rural businesses need a voice and as many opportunities as possible to promote their products and services.
Important though our history and our heritage is to us, enabling us to enjoy living in an environment disturbed only by the sounds of birdsong, of grazing sheep and horses and the tractor, we also want to share it with others. To this end we hope to use this site to promote ourselves to visitors – walkers, cyclists, bird-watchers, local historians. All we then ask is that when they return to their own homes they tell others that we are here, straddling the southern edge of the beautiful South Downs National Park.
Residents, neighbouring communities and visitors alike, please use the ‘CONTACT’ link on the menu bar above to give us your news and views. If you want to comment on the website, its content or on any other matter affecting Tortington, its past and its people (there are limits of course!) or to send us your photographs of Tortington then please follow our link to the ‘TORTINGTON PAST AND PRESENT’ Facebook pages.