Sompting - Church of St Mary :: Shared Description

The church of St Mary in Sompting is one of the more remarkable churches in Britain. It dates originally from Saxon times, and has a fine Saxon tower described by English Heritage as "Tower entirely early Cllth and the only English example of a Saxon tower with a four-sided shingled roof or 'Rhenish helm'"
The rest of the church is entirely C12th - with a mixture of C15th and C16th windows.
Both the Knights Templar and Hospitaller were also involved in the creation of this church. The former added the West Chapel, as a separate chapel from the church - in 1154. About three hundred years later the Knights Hospitaller connected it to the main church. However, on the dissolution of this latter order in 1538, this part of the church fell into disrepair and is now a ruin. The rest of the church is happily in fine fettle however.
The church contains some important Saxon carvings and sculptures.
Not surprisingly this ancient church is EH Grade I listed see LinkExternal link
A much more informative write-up on the church can be found at the Sussex Parish Churches website here LinkExternal link
Note that this reference suggests that at least part of the Saxon tower may have been built or rebuilt somewhat later than the Saxon period.
by Rob Farrow
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TQ1605 : Sompting - St Mary's - East Window by Rob Farrow
TQ1605 : Church of St Mary, Sompting by PAUL FARMER
TQ1605 : Sompting - St Mary's - Preserved carving by Rob Farrow
TQ1605 : Sompting - St Mary's - Rhenish Helm by Rob Farrow
TQ1605 : Sompting - St Mary's - Tower and west end by Rob Farrow
TQ1605 : Sompting - St Mary's - interior base of tower by Rob Farrow
TQ1605 : Sompting - St Mary's - Arch between tower and nave by Rob Farrow
TQ1605 : Sompting - Church of St Mary by Rob Farrow
TQ1605 : Shed and Beehives in church of St Mary Churchyard by PAUL FARMER
TQ1605 : Sompting - St Mary's - Nave by Rob Farrow

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Created: Sat, 26 Sep 2015, Updated: Mon, 28 Sep 2015

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