Sussex – Churches


High street, Bosham, West Sussex, PO18-8LY. O/S map 181 ref SU 804 039


Tel Vicar 01243 573228 e-mail on church web-site



Holy Communion – 0800 hrs 35 minutes.

Parish Eucharist – 0930 hrs I hr.


Holy communion with prayers for healing – 1830 hrs 40 minutes.


Holy Communion – 0800hrs 25 minutes.


Holy Communion – 0800 hrs 25 minutes.


Bosham church, which is of interest both historically and architecturally, stands picturesquelly beside one the of the water channels leading to the harbour `a leet to the old mills which then goes on into the harbour`, Chichester is about 4 miles west from Bosham. The area is rich in Roman remains, not far away towards Chichester off the A259 is a Roman palace in Fishbourne.
The church now shows no fabric earlier than the 11th century, although the church appears in church history from the7th century onwards. Bede records that when Wilfrid came to preach the Gospel to the South Saxons in 681 A. D. at this time he had been evicted from Northumbria, he found there was Celtic monks already here `among them a certain monk of the Scottish nation whose name was Dical who had a very small monastery at the place called Boshanham, encompassed with the sea and woods, and in it five or six brothers who served the Lord in poverty and humility; but none of the natives cared either to follow their course of life or to hear their preaching`, (this being said what must be borne in mind is the different approaches to Christ`s word, Dical would have asked King Ethelwalch for a piece of land and would then have just got on with it and by their success or failure, people would have seen with their own eyes faith put into practice, it is a very quiet approach to Christ`s word, as it is about the awakening within oneself, whereas Wilfrid as seen at the Synod of Whitby was a very arrogant man who used the word for his own gain, this was the slow approach of the Church of Rome, as it slowly broke away from the Catholic church `Orthodoxy` to eventually from the Roman Catholic Church, fundamentally different from the Catholic Church set up in the 4th century by St. Constantine.)
Wilfrid having visited Rome after his expulsion from his bishopric in Northumbria, returned to England, but was in turn forced to leave Northumbria, Mercia and Wessex, Ethelwalch, King of the South Saxons, had recently been baptized in Mercia, and therefore welcomed Wilfrid`s offer to help in the conversion of the kingdom would have wanted the removal of Dical and the Celtic church which he represents, in recording Wilfrid`s success in his mission, Bede mentions not only his preaching, but his practical good sense in teaching the people how to relieve a famine, by instructing them in the art of fishing which they had not formerly known.
A stylized representation of the church appears in the Bayeux tapestry, with Earl Harold setting out on the journey which placed him in William`s power, conveniently forgetting it was the witan who sort and gave the most able man to be the King of the English. It is also reckoned that here was the place where King Canute was placed on the shore and tried to turn back the tide, knowing he did not have this power, and to let his subjects know a king does not have divine power.
Back to the church fabric the ground plans show, even for Anglo-Saxon workmanship, a remarkable disregard for the right angle; but the church itself has been of good quality, for almost the whole Anglo-Saxon fabric has remained to this day, which consists of a west tower, nave and chancel, which was first enlarged in Norman times when they lengthened the chancel, in the Early English Period the chancel was again lengthened, and the nave widened by adding a north and south aisles, the latter with a crypt beneath the eastern end, the Anglo-Saxon chancel appears to be insignificant to the grand Anglo-Saxon nave it may have been in an apsidal form destroyed by the later builders.



Use Bosham car-park will need a ticket, but not far from the church.


Bosham station is on the south coast line, running from Brighton, Portsmouth onto Southampton. Southern Trains.

Waterloo. South West Trains. may need a change at Chichester.

Both have regular services.


Chichester bus station No 56 Mon – Sat. no evening service.

Regular hourly service to Bosham car-park.

Stagecoach No 700 coastliner Brighton to Portsmouth/Southsea.

Regular seven day service, will need to alight bus at Bosham roundabout on the A259, could pick up the No 56 at Chichester bus station.


Baileys Tea Rooms
In Bosham walk art & craft centre.
Tel – 07760 485282
Open 7 days a week Summer 1000 hrs – 1730 hrs
Winter 1000 hrs – 1700 hrs.

Millstream Hotel & restuarant
Bosham lane, Bosham.
Tel – 01243 572234

The Anchor Blue
High street, Bosham.
Tel – 01243 573956




The street, Arlington, East Sussex, BN26-6SE. O/S map 183 ref TQ 543 075

Tel Vicar 01323 870512

The small village of Arlington, beside the river Cuckmere, shortly before it cuts its way into the South Downs, leading to the sea near Beachy Head, the church is small consisting of an aisleless chancel with north chapel, a nave with north aisle and south porch.
Evidence of Anglo-Saxon work is in the nave with high thin walls characteristic of their techniques of building, plus long-and-short quoining and a double splayed window high up on the south wall, with many other A/S features around the church.



Bishopstone road, Bishopstone, East Sussex, BN25-2UD. O/S map
183 ref TQ 472 010

Tel Vicar 01323 723739 no e-mail

Parking by the church.

Although then church now serves a tiny village, in a quiet valley close to the sea, which in the Anglo-Saxon period was a river valley, allowing boats to come up to below the church, why no doubt in the Domesday Book was of considerable importance, as the Bishop of Chichester had a seat there, also an excavation of the Glebe during a 3 year period, a the foundation of a wooden bell tower, together with other buildings of a pre-conquest date.
The per-conquest church probably consisted of the existing nave and south chapel, or porticus, together with a small square chancel to the east and possibly a north porticus to balance that on the south, it is probable that at the time the south chapel had no outer doorway, and that the principle or only entry into the church was a western doorway.



off the A272, Cowfield road, Bolney, West Sussex. O/S map 182 ref TQ 261 226.

Tel vicar 01403 865945 e-mail on the church web-site

Parking is at the end of the road by the church.

Bolney is about 12 miles north of Brighton, beside the London road `A23`.
There is a preserved the head of a doorway which shows distinct Anglo-Saxon influence, the main fabric of the church is Norman, rather than Anglo-Saxon.



Annington road, Botolphs, West Sussex, BN44-3WB. O/S map 182 ref TQ 810 092

Tel Vicar 01903 810265 e-mail on church web-site

Parking is by the church

The parish church of St. Botolphs is now represented only by a few scattered houses along a narrow by-road, which leads from Steyning in the north to Shoreham-by-pass `A27`.
In Roman times and thereafter, there appears to be a thriving village here, with a bridge which crosses the river Ardur, flowing down to the coast on the east side to Shoreham-by-Sea, there appears also to have been a small seaport here.
The church, of plastered flints, now consists of an aiseless nave and chancel, with a later square west tower. The fabric of the nave seems, in the main to be late-Saxon, and the chancel-arch although much altered is late-Saxon, there is much 14th century work in the church.



O/S map 181,  ref  SU 862-048



O/S map 181,  ref  SU 842-230



O/S map 182,  ref  TQ 298-139



O/S map 181,  ref  SU 816-197



O/S map 182,  ref  TQ 038-176



O/S map 183,  ref  TQ 561-015



O/S map 183,  ref  TQ 414-104



O/S map 181,  ref  TQ 023-047



O/S map 181,  ref  SZ 894-983