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St. Mary`s Church (Sompting)

St. Mary`s Church is the parish church of the Sussex village of Sompting.

It has a famous 100 foot Saxon tower which is unique in England. This is topped by a shingled and gabled cap, known as a Rhenish helm, and was built about 1000.

The transept was a originally a private chapel built by the Knights Templar in about 1180, and only joined to the rest of the church in modern times.

There is a figure in a door recess of Our Lord in Glory, dating from about 1250.

The parish room is on the site of a chapel built by the Knights Hospitaller. It was dedicated by the Bishop of Chichester in 1971.

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