Last Saturday Friends of Tortington Church organized a ‘Tortington History Walk’ led by local historian John Henderson. The assembled band set off on a fine sunny morning to discover where the men listed on the church’s Great War ‘Roll of Honour’ lived and worked before and immediately after the 1914-18 war. John described living conditions in Tortington back then and outlined the close connections between many of these families.
The walk took the group from the church, over to Priory Lane, through Stewards Copse and across the A27 to Park Farm. From there the group walked around the northern limit of the old parish boundary then down Long lane for a refreshment in the White Swan. Then it was homeward bound through the ancient woodland of Tortington Common.
A gentle seven kilometer walk and a fitting way to remember the Tortington men who lived here when walking was an essential, not a leisure activity. RIP Private William French, Private Frederick Mant, Privates Ernest and Frank Nicholson and Corporal Charles Upperton.