The church of The Holy Trinity, Bosham, is one of the earliest churches in Sussex and there is documented evidence to show that there was a small Christian community in Bosham in the 7th century, making it the oldest site of Christianity in Sussex.
One of its most famous features is the 11th century chancel arch generally believed to have been built shortly after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Saxon tower is the oldest part of the church and stands out as a landmark for sailors as it has done for many centuries.
Bosham Church is depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry as it was from Bosham that Earl Harold, later King Harold, set sail on his ill-fated trip to Normandy in 1064. There is also a long held tradition that early in the 11th century King Canute’s young daughter was drowned in the millstream and was buried in the church.
Other notable features in the church include the 14th century crypt (once a charnel house) with the All Hallows Chapel above which is dedicated to the memory of the dead. There is also a fine Norman font and several piscinae. There is a particularly fine 12th century trefoil-headed piscina in the Fishbourne Chantry which has a hollow column forming the drain.
The chancel is constructed in three clearly defined stages, the first is Saxon, the second Norman and the third is 13th century Early English and includes the beautiful five-light lancet window with detached slender Purbeck marble columns.
In all, it is regarded as one of the gems of the realm.
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