Holy Trinity Church, Bosham, England

Holy Trinity Church, Bosham, England

This evening, I am focusing on the pleasant village of Bosham which is located on the edge of Chichester Harbour close to the southern coast of England. Bosham boasts a history stretching back about 2000 years, viz:

  • Settled by the Romans on a site close to the Roman site of Fishbourn Palace.
  • A small Celtic monastery existed in the the 7th century and the village was recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle of that period.
  • The name is probably of Old English origin and derived from ‘Homestead or promontory of a man called Bosa.’
  • In AD 850 the original village church was built on the site of the Roman Basilica.This was superseded by a church which evolved into the current structure on a different site. For more information on Holy Trinity Church, Bosham¬†refer this¬† blog post.
  • King Canute ( died 1035) is reputed to have occupied a high status residence or palace here. Bosham may have been the site where Canute may have demonstrated regal powers (or lack of) over tidal movements. The tide is very fast moving here.
  • King Harold II ( died 1066 at Battle of Hastings) had connections with Bosham which resulted in the village church featuring in the Bayeux Tapestry in context of Harold’s visit to Normandy in 1064.
The Anchor Bleu Pub, Bosham
The Anchor Bleu Pub, Bosham
Bosham Waterfront

Bosham Waterfront

High Tide at Bosham, England

High Tide at Bosham, England

Today, Bosham has a population of about 3000 persons. It is popular with recreational sailors, features a thatched house or two and has a waterside pub. At high tide the water can move swiftly and cover some roads and paths.

Thatched House at Bosham, England

Thatched House at Bosham, England

Meeting of Bosham Sailors

Meeting of Bosham Sailors

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