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“Very ancient church situated on a small peninsula jutting into Chichester harbour”

Holy Trinity Church
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Bosham
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 29 September 2018

The church existed in the 7th century, as part of a monastery itself built on the site of a Roman basilica. It features in the Bayeux Tapestry, clearly identified by name. Harold is shown riding towards the chancel arch, surrounded by his men and a pack of hunting hounds. He prayed in the church prior to his ill-fated voyage to Normandy in 1064.

The most fascinating parts of the building are the tower (better observed from the harbour side) and the chancel, which are pre-Conquest. In the north wall of the chancel is a moving monument: the canopied stone effigy of a child - 13 C.

There is a beautiful 12th century font decorated with arcades. The splendid five-light east window (C. 1180) has Purbeck marble columns. Above the tiny crypt, the All Hallows chapel has 15th century Flemish glass: 4 angels holding the instruments of the Passion.

This beautiful, fascinating church is definitely one of the best we have seen so far. Simon Jenkins, quite rightly, including it in his book 'England's thousand best churches'.

Thank john g
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Reviewed 17 September 2018

very pretty little church, located i the centre of the town...

key things to note - King Canute's daughter is buried here and also look out for the small carved crosses on the stone pillars ... they were carved by returning Templar knights who came back from the crusades.

Thank Serentmw
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Reviewed 12 September 2018

I love visiting churches and this was a nice example. It had a crypt downstairs which was interesting, some good local knowledge to be read inside and some interesting vistas to take pictures of.

Thank Alfieconnspurs
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Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

I love churches and cathedrals for the architecture and this didn’t disappoint. We visited off the back of going on a Chichester harbour tour in the morning and were told about the village and also a story about crosses marked on the stones in the church by soldiers returning from the crusades. I had to have a look based on this information. I found crosses on the pillars just to the right of the main entrance and I hope the information we were given on the tour is correct as I love that we found crosses. Really enjoyed the whole village and would definitely recommend a trip to the village for a couple of hours. Parking nearby was reasonable and plenty to look at.

Thank Nicola E
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Reviewed 12 August 2018

This is undoubtedly a historic church. How could it be otherwise bearing in mind its connection to Harold Godwinson? I understand that the Cnut connection is less proven. The exterior is impressive, the interior less so since it has been extensively enlarged and renovated over the years. I have been in several Saxon churches over the years and they are universally small and quaint. Bosham is neither. Sorry to be such a philistine.

Thank Neil H
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