St Nicholas, Compton

 The oldest parts (the tower and chancel arch) predate the Norman Conquest (1066), while the Normans built the nave and chancel. In the late twelfth century, the extraordinary and unique two-storey sanctuary was built, into the existing structure of the chancel. The timber balustrade to the upper sanctuary chapel, from about 1180, is said to be the oldest decorative timberwork surviving in Britain. About the same time, the nave was greatly enlarged, with new aisles. The font dates from the same period. Post Code: GU3 1EG