St. Sampson's Church

Guernsey, United Kingdom

St. Sampson's Church is dedicated to Samson of Dol, who brought Christianity to Guernsey in about 550 AD. Claimed to be the oldest Parish Church in the Island, the church stands on or near the site where St Sampson first landed as a pioneer missionary from Dol, in Brittany, about the year 550 AD, and has been a Christian site for worship ever since.

The present church dates from the 12th century, at which time it consisted of nave and chancel only. Work has been carried out over the centuries, however the church was substantially complete by 1350. The tower has a saddleback roof and the church is of a rugged style like no other in the Island, though similar to St Brelade’s in Jersey and a church at Mont St Michel.

In 1973 the North Chapel was dedicated to the memory of St Magloire, cousin of St Sampson. A pre-Reformation chalice and other relics found in the tower in 1913, included a crucifix, censer and candlesticks, are now displayed in St Magloire’s chapel.

The old regimental colours of the 2nd (North) Regiment of the Royal Guernsey Militia were placed in the church in May 1887.

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Founded: 12th century
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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tanya allett (3 months ago)
William Bisson (2 years ago)
Historic, apparently the oldest church in Guernsey. There is a whopping tomb before the entrance in 19th century style of ostentation. The vicar is the star here.
Mark Norman (4 years ago)
.One of the oldest churches on Guernsey
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