St Mary Magdalene church in West Tisted is one of Hampshire’s hidden gems.
To find it involves taking a small path over a moat. The church sits within the grounds of a manor house whose history is tied up with the English Civil War and the Tichborne family. The church itself is much older, early Norman with the vestiges of its Saxon heritage still visible in a blocked up arch of vertical and horizontal stones.
Its simplicity is its beauty. The single Norman cell and its ancient font easily shed 900 years of history