• Saxon Church

      At the gateway to the heart and the narrowest point of the South Downs National Park, just above the Saxon shoreline, there stands this beautiful church, unique in England.  Its tower looks east to Seaford Head, and west to the Isle of Wight. Click on the image above to watch a drone filmed video of the church in its landscape, by Sompting based company Airview .

      The Saxon Rhenish helm tower

      was built with flints gathered out of the fields to spare the plough.  The huge craggy flints interlock so that they would hold together even without the weather-dressing, of mortar made from the downland chalk.

      This landmark church has drawn and fascinated many generations of Sussexians, locals, visitors, historians and artists. It is the perfect place to celebrate what we love of the Downs, among others who have loved them then and now. Click here to find out more about the Parish and Friends of Sompting Church.

      From the whapple lane behind the Church, known as Love Lane, a footpath takes you up to the top of the Nore Hill.  By the time you get to the top you have left behind the traffic noise and instead you now hear the larks and the livestock.  Below you lies the Downs Barn in its coombe, and before you, over the valley between Cissbury and Steepdown Hills, stretches a glorious view to the horizon of the north scarp, Chanctonbury rising over Park Brow.

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