The Priory Church is open each day for Mass and Private Prayer
The lovely old church dedicated to St Mary and to St Blaise dates from the early twelfth century. From an entry in the Domesday Book we know that Boxgrove had the status of a parish and that a church existed here before the Norman Conquest. All traces of this have been obliterated by the Priory, which is the daughter house of the Abbey of Lessay in Normandy and the "grand-daughter" of the great Benedictine Abbey of Bec Helouin. A more detailed history is available elsewhere on this site.
Sir Simon Jenkins
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The Priory Church sits in a delightful village in West Sussex, some 3 miles from the Cathedral City of Chichester and for over 900 years the villagers of Boxgrove have worshipped in this magnificent building. Its glory is still much in evidence in spite of losing the west end of the Priory during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the reign of King Henry VIII.
We hope that you not only enjoy this site but find the opportunity to visit us in person.
Please see the new service times on the Services & Events page.
The Priory will be open for private prayer after the daily mass until 4pm.
After consultation with the Churchwardens, and because I believe the current spread of the virus in our locality is deeply concerning, we have decided to move most of our activity online. This means that there can be no congregation can be present at our masses. All masses will continue to be livestreamed.
There will be recorded music at most Masses; the Priory choir may sing at the 11:00am mass on Sundays.
The Vicar may be contacted on
Fr Ian 09Jan21 00:27
Diocese of Chichester
Weddings and baptisms
If you wish to arrange a wedding or a baptism in the Priory, please contact Fr Ian in person after the 11:00am Mass on Sunday.