St Sampson's is an amazing medieval building with a striking perpendicular tower that rises high over the ancient Saxon town of Cricklade. It's not often that you find a church dedicated to St Sampson, in fact there are only 4 others in the Church of England.
Much of the current building dates back to the 1200's, although the grand bell tower was built much late in 1551 – 1553 by the 1st Duke of Northumberland (father-in-law to Lady Jane Grey). The tower has four large octagonal turrets which rise well above the main body of the tower. St Sampson's has the third longest bell ropes in Britain!
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