St Mary's Saxon Church from 960 A.D to 2017 A.D
Key to St Mary's Plan
1) Saxon Tower: c 960 A.D. The only surviving example in England of a Saxon tower with a Rhenish Helm (Rhineland Helmet) reflecting Saxon influence as in Coblenz, Andernach & Cologne.
External Aspect: showing typical Saxon triangular-headed windows, a pair of bifora, Saxon long-and-short work in the vertical pilaster strips and re-cycled terracotta tiles from derelict Roman Villa.
2) C 10th Saxon King, photograph of carved face of King (Canute?) on internal North Face of Tower.
3) C 10th Tower Arch: Saxon arch with half-round columns, standing on plinths with Corinthian capitals decorated with carved wheat and grapes (symbolic of Holy Communion or The Host)
4) C 10th Saxon Carving, re-cycled by Normans C 12th; Norman figure of Christ in Majesty and emblems of the four evangelists can be seen in the corners; carving set-in closed off north doorway.
5) C 10th Nave: Original Saxon Nave, re-built by Normans C 12th on Saxon foundations, showing traces of earlier windows (south wall) and blocked Norman doors (north wall) of nave.
6) C 12th North Transept Knights Templar Chapel showing octopartite arched diagonal groining over the chapel vault; Saracens head corbel; and local landowners’ family memorials.
7) C 12th Norman Chancel; showing re-cycled C 10th Saxon carved stones in the form of a triangular-headed Piscine (South wall), an Ambry (East wall), and a Low Easter Sepulchre (North wall).
8) Reredos Screen: Erected in 1887, celebrating Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, carved in Bere stone, the screen probably contained ‘Commandment Tablets’ set in the rectangular recesses.
9) C 19th Stained Glass; Commemorative stained glass panels by Ward & Hughes of London.
10) C 12th South Transept; Knights Templar Chapel, complete with sanctuary, now serving as a baptistry. Small barrel vaulted sacristy; possibly an early Anchorite cell with squint to Altar.
11) C 8th Stone carved figure of St Wilfrid; probably retrieved from Selsey Abbey early C 11th.
12) Norman Font, C 13th free standing Baptismal font; original cover missing.
13) C 16th restored Porch, figureheads were probably recovered from derelict C 14th Chapel.
Details of St Mary's Church with photographs released summer of 2016