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Latitude: 50.8386 / 50°50'18"N
Longitude: -0.3519 / 0°21'6"W
OS Eastings: 516145
OS Northings: 105635
OS Grid: TQ161056
Mapcode National: GBR HMB.7W5
Mapcode Global: FRA B64W.BQY
Entry Name: The Parish Church of St Mary
Listing Date: 12 October 1954
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1353763
English Heritage Legacy ID: 297334
Location: Sompting, Adur, West Sussex, BN15
County: West Sussex
Civil Parish: Sompting
Traditional County: Sussex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Sussex
Church of England Parish: Sompting St Mary the Virgin
Church of England Diocese: Chichester
This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 08/01/2013
TQ 10 NE
The Parish Church of St
C11 to C12. Flint with stone slate roof. Chancel, north transept with its own north
aisle, south transept with baptistry to the north of it, nave, west tower and ruins of
a chapel at the north west end of the nave. Tower entirely early Cll and the only
English example of a Saxon tower with a four-sided shingled roof or 'Rhenish helm'.
The remainder of the church is late C12 with late C15 or early C16 windows. The north
west chapel was built by the Knights Templar after 1154 as a separate chapel from the
church and was opened up into the church by the Knights Hospitallers in the C14. It
fell into ruins soon after the dissolution of that order in 1538. The church contains
some importent examples of Saxon sculpture. References Anglo Saxon Architecture H M
and J Taylor Vol II 558-62 Cambridge 1965. English Historic Carpentary pps 14-21
C A Hewett, Phillimore 1980.
Listing NGR: TQ1614705637
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