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“One of the most beautiful buildings, ever!”
Review of Boxgrove Priory

Boxgrove Priory
Ranked #24 of 64 things to do in Chichester
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
United Kingdom
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“One of the most beautiful buildings, ever!”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

Far removed from Roman Catholic opulence, Boxgrove Priory is testament to the plainer, more beautiful Norman design. The ceiling is simple and all the better for it. The grounds are just as lovely.

On a blue sky summers day, the photos you will get here will be remarkable. Nice way to chill out on a summer's day.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank eel p
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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“A special place”
Reviewed 16 May 2014

Sitting in the sunny Sussex countryside, you could be forgiven for thinking that you are in Normandy. This church is a very special place, a monastic church, yet not too large. There are nice walks in the near vicinity from which the church may be viewed from afar.

Visited April 2014
2 Thank Peter J
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Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

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.

Visited November 2013
5 Thank Frank S
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