Priory Church of St Mary & St Blaise, Boxgrove

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The Priory Church of St Mary and St Blaise sits in the centre of the historic village of Boxgrove near Chichester, within the sweep of land beneath the South Downs. An entry in the Domesday book of 1086 tells us that a church existed here even before the Norman Conquest, and although nothing now remains of that Anglo-Saxon church, the present lovely and impressive building dates from the early twelfth century and is famed for its atmosphere of healing tranquility and peace.

 Founded by monks from the Abbey of Lessay in Normandy, Boxgrove claims a continuing link with the Benedictine traditions of worship, hospitality and learning, as well as enjoying a long ecumenical friendship with what is now the Parish of Lessay. Since the Dissolution of the Monasteries, “Boxgrove Priory” has served as the Parish Church of Boxgrove.

The interior of the Priory is a fine example of Norman (Romanesque) and Early English (Gothic) architecture. Until its dissolution in 1536, Boxgrove Priory was a monastic institution with a double church.  

 To the west, the parish church; to the east, the monastic church or “Quire” as it was called which is set within the architectural chancel. The monks, nineteen in the priory's heyday in the middle of the 13th century formed a small but influential community. The guesthouse, now in ruins to the north of the priory, was where the Prior entertained his guests and where travellers could find lodgings.

 The 16th Century to the present day.

The Priory has a splendid Chantry Chapel built by Thomas West, 9th Lord de la Warr, Lord of the Manor of Halnaker and patron of the priory, in the 16th century. He was forced to exchange Boxgrove Priory for an estate in Hampshire in 1538. Thomas West commissioned a local artist, Lambert Barnard, to paint the ceiling of the nave with the arms and crests of his own and his wife's families, entwined with flowers and foliage. Halnaker and Boxgrove remained in the possession of the Crown until they were granted to Henry Fitzalan, Earl of Arundel, in 1553. When he died in 1579, the property reverted to the Crown until it was sold to Sir John Morley in 1587. It remained in the Morley family until Sir William Morley died 1701, leaving a daughter, Mary, who married the 10th Earl of Derby. After her husband’s death, the Countess returned to Halnaker and-engaged in charitable work. Mary’s heir sold the estate to Charles, 3rd Duke of Richmond. He became patron of the living and the present Duke of Richmond and Gordon is our patron today.

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Father Ian Forrester
The Priory Vicarage
Church Lane
Boxgrove
PO18 0ED
(01243) 774045 (Priest-in-Charge)

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Sunday

Holy Communion
A traditional Prayer Book service
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for 1 hour
Book of Common Prayer
Solemn Mass and Sermon
Our main weekly act of worship, and uses a Common Worship order of service. See website for variations.
Every second third fourth and fifth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense Common Worship
Parish Mass and Sermon
Our main weekly act of worship, and uses a Common Worship order of service. See website for variations.
Every first Sunday at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Refreshments Incense Common Worship
Parish Mass
A simple celebration of the Eucharist.
Every second third fourth and fifth Sunday at 11:15 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship

Monday

Low Mass
Daily except Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
Every Monday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour

Tuesday

Low Mass & Homily
Every Tuesday at 10:00 AM for ¾ hour

Wednesday

Low Mass
Daily except Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
Every Wednesday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour

Thursday

Low Mass
Every Thursday at 7:00 PM for ½ hour

Friday

Low Mass
Every Friday at 12:00 PM for ½ hour

Saturday

Low Mass
Daily except Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
Every Saturday at 8:00 AM for ½ hour
Vigil Mass & First Mass of Sunday
Vigil Mass of Saturday (counts as Sunday communion)
Every Saturday at 6:00 PM for 40 minutes
Common Worship
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Maundy Thursday
Thursday 29th March 2018 at 7:30 PM for 1½ hours
Good Friday
Friday 30th March 2018 at 12:30 PM for 1 hour
Good Friday
Friday 30th March 2018 at 2:00 PM for 1 hour
Holy Saturday
Saturday 31st March 2018 at 8:30 PM for 1½ hours
Easter Day
Sunday 1st April 2018 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour

Features

Toilets

Wheelchair accessible toilets

Designated wider space(s) for people with a disabled parking badge

(Hymn Books / Orders of Service etc.)

Assistance dogs (eg guide dogs, hearing dogs, dogs for the disabled) welcome
Stained Glass Wall Paintings
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Church Open The Priory Church is open during daylight hours

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Priest in charge: The Revd Ian Michael FORRESTER
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 4799
Diocesan ID: AC0311
Built: 1117
Architect: Benedictine monks from Lessay
Style of worship: Traditional Catholic
Our Patron: His Grace The Duke of Richmond and Gordon
Archdeaconry: CHICHESTER (101)
Deanery: CHICHESTER (10103)
Benefice: Boxgrove (10/037 W)
Parish Legal Name: Boxgrove (100054 )
CofE Church Info: (610054 10/54)
Short URL: acny.uk/4799/
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This page was last updated on Friday 14th July 2017
 
 
 
Priory Church of St Mary & St Blaise : Church Lane, Boxgrove, West Sussex, PO18 0ED

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