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.
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