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“1000 year old Unique Saxon Church on flanks of South Downs”

St. Mary's Church (Sompting Parish Church)
Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“1000 year old Unique Saxon Church on flanks of South Downs”
Reviewed 1 February 2011

The existing Saxon Church of St Mary's, Sompting was probably established c 960 A.D, and features the only surviving Rhenish Helm spire in the UK. The Church is open daily from dawn to dusk, and is regularly used for Christian services throughout the year. Entry is free of charge, and visitors are welcome to enjoy the peace and tranquillity offered by over 1000 years of prayer and praise. In 1154 A.D the church was taken on by the Order of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem; otherwise known as the Knights Templar. Subsequently, the church was handed to the Knights of St John ( The Hospitallers) who retain Patronage to this day.

Visited February 2011
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Todmorden, United Kingdom
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“Sompting, Sussex, Saxon (church tower)”
Reviewed 3 November 2008

Here is a gem. Saxon church towers are far from common in England and the form known as Rhenish is almost unknown here, although I am told more common in Germany.

It is close to the A23, Sompting village now abutting onto Lancing but it would be easy to miss it going towards the west, It's signed but not well. It's north of the road, most of the village being south. When found, it seems well worth the effort.

Some think that the Rhenish tower was as near as Saxon architects could come to a spire..

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