Boxgrove Priory was the daughter house of the Abbey of Lessay in Normandy and dates from the early twelfth century. With the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII in 1536 the Eastern (monastery) Church was demolished, along with most of the priory, leaving only the Western Parish Church intact. The ruins of the old priory, notably the guesthouse, are still impressive, and the interior of the remaining parish church is exceptional for such a small village.
The 16th century De la Warr chantry chapel somehow survived those turbulent times, and is spectacular. Also worth noting is the remarkable tomb of Admiral Nelson-Ward, the last direct descendant of Lord Nelson to achieve flag rank in the Royal Navy , complete with his effigy in bronze. Finally there is the stained glass window dedicated to Pilot Officer Billy Fiske RAF, the first American to be killed serving with RAF fighter command in WW2. His simple grave is in the churchyard.
Well worth a visit and taking some time for reflection.
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