Sompting Church

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Sompting, England

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A Saxon treasure Nov 03, 2010
I am sure that not only the majority of visitors from other countries but many from England have neither been to this church nor even heard of it - as I had not until just a few years ago. Yet I have not seen anything else like its tower in this country, although I understand our German TBs have rather more of them.

The church, unlike the 'village' of Sompting (more like a suburb of Lancing) lies to the north of the A23 fast road from Brighton to farther west.

It is the tower that makes it interesting. Not only is it of Saxon pattern, dating back to before 1000, but it is what is of what is called the Rhenish design. The framework is square, with a four-sided pyramid rising to a central mast. This may well have been the closest the Saxon architects could get to a spire, as I have seen suggested. I wouldn't know there - a year or three before my time.
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