St Mary Magdalene, Wartling
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Wartling is mentioned in the Domesday Book, when there was a chapel there. The current church, dedicated to St Mary Magdalene and linked with that at Herstmonceux, was built in the 13th century, probably on the same site as the chapel had been. Wartling's name was originally Werlinges which translates from the Saxon to "the settlement of Wyrtel's people". In the Domesday survey, it had a population of 280, land able to support 18 ploughs, woodland for 200 pigs, three salt workings, and a chapel. The chapel was mentioned as being given to the College of Hastings by the count of Eu. On the wall in the church are two very rare iron tombstone heads.
During the Second World War many defence pill boxes were built in the area, to protect from invasion through the Pevensey Marshes. One of the first Radar stations was located at manxey level. To the east of the church, the R.A.F. had a radar control bunker during the Cold War which was used to direct fighters onto targets by radio.
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