Holy Trinity, Bosham

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Bosham is one of the earliest documented sites of Christianity in Sussex and the church of the Holy Trinity Bosham, within the Diocese of Chichester, is one of the most important Saxon churches in the Diocese.

One of the oldest parts of the church is the tower with the first three stages being completed during the Saxon period and the top stage, which now contains the six bells, being completed early in the Norman period. The chancel was also built in stages, the first is Saxon, the second Norman, including the fine chancel arch, and the third which was completed in the 13th century in the Early English style. This final stage includes the beautiful five-light east window with detached Purbeck marble columns.

Bosham church is perhaps most well known for being featured in the Bayeux Tapestry.  Earl Harold, later King Harold had a home in Bosham and the tapestry shows him riding to Bosham with his retinue in 1064, praying in the church, feasting in his manor house and then embarking on his ill-fated trip to Normandy to meet Duke William, later the Conqueror.

There is a long held tradition concerning King Cnut’s daughter who was said to have drowned in the millstream and been buried in the church. The discovery of a small stone coffin almost under the chancel arch in 1865 did much to perpetuate this story. The coffin was again opened in 1954 and at the same time another larger coffin was found nearby. However, without closer examination it has not yet been possible to date these coffins accurately.

Bosham Church has a strong Outreach Programme and an active Youth Group. There is also an enthusiastic team of Bellringers and Handbell Group. The Church is open daily during daylight hours and our visitors are always most welcome to join us at any of or services.



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The Revd Martin Lane
The Vicarage,
Bosham Lane,
PO18 8HX
(01243) 573228

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Palm Sunday 20th March 2016
Palm Sunday procession starts from Our Lady of the Assumption Roman Catholic church at 10.30am; the Eucharist at Holy Trinity then begins at approximately 10.45am
Every Sunday at for 1½ hours
Holy Communion BCP with King James readings
A quiet Sunday Service using traditional language.
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for 35 minutes
Book of Common Prayer
Parish Eucharist
A Sung Eucharist which uses Common Worship Order 1. There is some ceremonial with candles, 'smells and bells', with a mixture of tradition and informality. The Mass Setting is that of David Thorne's 'Mass of St Thomas' and a choir of about twenty adults and children. An Anthem is sung Every Sunday. There is also a Sunday School for Children, except on the 2nd Sunday of the month when the address is aimed at the children.
Every Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Creche Refreshments Common Worship
Easter Sunday 10.30am 27th March 2016
A creche is available for babies and toddlers. Toy bags are also available for children to play with during the service.
Every Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Creche Incense Common Worship


Holy Communion with Prayers for Healing
This Service has as its 'intention' that of Healing. An Office of Healing is said and the opportunity for ministry is given. Anyone wishing to receive the Laying on of Hands is invited to present themselves. The Anointing with Oil is available, although it is preferred that previous intention of this is given before the Service.
Every Thursday at 6:30 PM for 40 minutes
Bellringing Practice
Our keen 'tower' practices every week and has members from 90+ to under 13. Visit our website at http://www.boshamtower.org.uk
Every Thursday at 7:00 PM for 1 hour
Hand-Bell Practice
Our keen band of Hand-bell ringers are always happy to welcome new members. Much of their work they write themselves.
Every Thursday at 7:00 PM for 1 hour


Choir Practice
The weekly Choir Practice. New Members are always welcome.
Every Friday at 6:30 PM for 1 hour



Other information
Incumbent: The Revd Martin John LANE
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 4797
Diocesan ID: BP0111
Built: 1000
Architect: Mr Richard Meynell
Style of worship: Modern Catholic
Our Patron: The Bishop of Chichester
Archdeaconry: CHICHESTER (101)
Deanery: WESTBOURNE (10108)
Benefice: Bosham (10/036 H)
Parish Legal Name: Bosham (100309 )
CofE Church Info: (610309 10/309)
Short URL: acny.uk/4797/
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The current editor is: Martin Lane

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This page was last updated on Saturday 3rd December 2016
Holy Trinity : High St, Bosham, West Sussex, PO18 8LY

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