Welcome to Boxgrove Priory
The Priory Church is open each day during daylight hours
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.
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.
FORTHCOMING SERVICES AND EVENTS
Boxgrove Priory Appeal Why are we running an Appeal?
Boxgrove Priory Appeal
Why are we running an Appeal?
Diocesan Vision for Growth
Weddings and baptisms
If you wish to arrange a wedding or a
baptism in the Priory you are requested to contact Fr Ian in person after the
1115 Mass on Sunday.
The Priory Church of Saint Mary and Saint Blaise is a Registered Charity Nº 1131214
What a Christmas Present! The Target has been reached and the work has begun. On behalf of Fr. Ian, the Churchwardens and the PCC a huge thank you to all those individuals, sponsors and grant awarding bodies that have in any way helped to make this Appeal successful. We have done it; we have raised over £250,000 for the essential works that must be undertaken over the next 6 months. All Faculties (the Church of England’s version of planning permission) are in place. Tenders have been submitted and contractors have been appointed. Insurers are ‘On Risk’ and the aisle roof voids have even been checked for bats. Our archaeologist (the one that looked after us so well during the 2009 works) is already at work.
(© - Fr Ian Forrester)