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St Mary Magdalen, West Tisted, Hampshire

(51°3′30″N, 1°4′26″W)
West Tisted
SU 650 292
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Hampshire
now Hampshire
  • James Cameron
16 Aug 2018

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West Tisted is a small building, even more so when it is realised that the chancel is 19thc, even though the whole exterior is identically clad in flint. It has a blocked Romanesque N door, and a piscina in the S wall at the end of the medieval nave, presumably by the rood altar, but there is no surviving chancel arch.


The value of the manor of West Tisted to its lord in 1066, the Bishop of Winchester, was £4, and £6 in 1086, when the bishop was tenant-in-chief over the lord Ranulf. A church at Tisted is mentioned in the Domesday Book, but it is not recorded in the 1291 Taxatio.


Exterior Features




Piscinae/Pillar Piscinae


The plain imposts of the N doorway are of similar form to nearby Bramdean, and the pillar piscina head has very similar measurements to the better-preserved feature at nearby Chilcomb.


N. Pevsner and D. Lloyd, The Buildings of England: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, Harmondsworth 1967, 648.

W. Page ed., A History of the County of Hampshire: Vol. 3, Victoria County History, London 1908, 58-62.