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Lancing & Sompting

Lancing College
with Lancing Clump in the background (AD 2000)

According to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (AD 477) three Saxon ships arrived in a part of Britain which was to be later known as Sussex at a place called Cymenes ora. King Aelle (d. c. 514) accompanied by three sons Cymen, Wlenca and Cissa landed from Gaul (France). In 465 (485) they fought the British at what is probably a boundary stream called Mearc redes burna*. None of these places have been identified with modern locations. Later they besieged Anderitum (now Pevensey) and killed all the Britons living there. The town to the west of Shoreham is called Lancing from Wlenca, and a few miles further to the west, Cissbury Ring acquired its name (at a later date) from Cissa. Evidence of early Saxon (pre AD 500) occupation of the area to the west of Shoreham is confirmed by barrow burial finds, but the main area of early Saxon occupation appears to be near Seaford and Pevensey 15 -20 miles to the east. Addenda: towns to the west of Shoreham are especially numerous with the Saxon ending 'ing'. (It is possible that the Saxons arrived as settlers rather than an invasion force. The warrior status of the Saxons may have been embellished as the text was written at a later date, maybe 9th or 10th century). The Anglo-Saxons brought their own language within them which replaced the native tongue. The Saxons in this area became known as the South Saxons.

More Information on Lancing (by Ray Hamblett)

(#Lancinges 1086 DB is the first recorded name. The absence of the "W" in front of Lancing has not got a good? explanation? It is possible that the origin of Lancing from Wlenca is wrong?)


The Church of St. Mary in Sompting is one of the most striking examples of Anglo-Saxon architecture in all of England. Its primary distinguishing feature is the Rhenish Helm or Rhineland Helmet of the tower. This is the only known Anglo-Saxon example of this style. The Saxon timbers can still be found inside the relatively low spire. The tower also contains Roman bricks. (Link)

Suntinga gemaere c. 956
Sunitinges  1186

The largest school Chapel in the UK is at Lancing College (on the hill on the opposite of the River Adur to Mill Hill  in the town of Lancing). It has a capacity of 600. The height of the chapel is 45.7 metres (150 ft). (Comparative: the height of St. Mary de Haura Church, Shoreham is 25 metres, and the height of the New Power Station Chimney in Shoreham Harbour is 100 metres.)

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