St. Mary's Sompting by Church Sketcher / SomptingIntS

Richard Nevins
04/06/2002

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SomptingIntS
..I use the inverted for a good reason. 
What is now a transept, only became so when an arch was cut through in the Victorian clean-up. 

Prior to this, the square cell was self contained with a shallow sanctuary, square-ended with rib vaulting, round arch and Corinthian capitals (see picture). Exactly why the Templars needed a separate sanctuary is still a bit
of a mystery, though it has been suggested that it was more secular, being a strong room or some such....ahhh, the mysteries of that occult band of brothers.....