St Mary’s Church Tufton
The 12th century church of St Mary’s Tufton stands on it’s own with just the manor house and farm to accompany it. It consists of just a nave and a chancel with a stunted bell tower and there are some suggestions that some of the architecture could be transitional Saxon Norman. The south side doorway, although having no long quoins, is very tall and narrow, suggesting an earlier period. The chancel arch is Norman with little decoration, above can be seen the remnants of wall paintings.
The font, although difficult to date, is a long tub with a rope decoration part way up and is similar to the font seen at Corhampton. There are two small early Norman windows on the north wall. A wall painting of St Christopher dates to the 15th century, there is a helpful picture to act as a guide as to what it looked like when freshly painted. The Norman lancet windows are set to either side.
The simplicity of the church is what appeals, the chancel was added in the 13th century and despite a little later tampering, little has been added since.