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Benefice of Ropley, Bishop’s Sutton and West Tisted
Benefice of Ropley, Bishop’s Sutton and West Tisted

St Mary Magdalene Church

West Tisted is a small Parish in the north of Hampshire, within the newly founded South Downs National Park.  It is a small agricultural community as the majority of the village is owned by the Manor Estate. Housing around the nucleus of the village is let to estate workers with some private letting.  The outskirts of the village hub is mainly privately owned.  The village population is a massive 137!  So it is a quiet and peaceful village surrounded by acres of farmland and copse.   The nearest public house and restaurant (The Angel) is a stone’s throw away on the border with the neighbouring village of Privett.

The Churchyard is proud of its 1000 plus year old  Yew Tree – thought by some to be nearer 1300 years old. (see )

The Village no longer has a post office or stores but does boast a Village Hall.  The Church does not form part of the Manor Estate although it sits beside the Manor House.

The Parish Church – St Mary Magdalene

Single-cell early Norman church built between the 11th and 15th centuries, extended eastwards in 1848, to form a new chancel and small north vestry. The porch was given as a gift by Magdalen College, Oxford in 1750. The pulpit is embellished by the shields of Magdalen College, Winchester Diocese and Canterbury.The building is 12th Century and is void of any “mod cons” and has a small congregation once a month for Evensong and is looking also to have Family Friendly Services and Communion Services.

St Mary Magdalene Photo Gallery

St Mary Magdalene Gallery


Note, 800 year old buildings with no occupants do not in general have their own postal address. The nearest Royal Mail postal address to the actual church is West Tisted Manor Estate, West Tisted, Alresford SO24 0HL (the church is next door to the south).

See also Hampshire Churches by John Vigar which contains further images and information.