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 before the Norman Conquest.  All traces of this have been obliterated by the Priory, which was 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.


Music and Services

For details of this month’s services, music and events

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Pew Sheet

(Passion Sunday - 22 March 2015)

Lenten Thoughts

22 February 2015 - The Cross as a Spectacle

1 March 2015 - The Cross as Sacrifice

8 March 2015 - The Cross on the Horizon

22 March 2015 - The Cross Close-Up



We aim to undertake work in the porch area to make disabled access easier and address important areas of maintenance from our Quinquennial Inspection list.  This includes work to the aisle roofs and flying buttresses, the south turret roof and other envelope issues.  We aim also to clear the residual loans from the 2009 major internal works.


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.

Chichester Diocesan E-Bulletin

The latest edition (March) is now available

Chichester Cathedral Events - December to March


Building up a friendship with God


Safeguarding Policy

This Parish adheres to the Diocesan Policy on Safeguarding Children.  This may be found by following the link.


The Priory Church of Saint Mary and Saint Blaise is a Registered Charity Nș 1131214

“It is a magical church full of echoes of French influence along the Sussex coast. Its crossing is a mystery of light and dark and the great chancel is alive with Tudor roses and heraldry. The De La Warr chantry contains beautiful early French motifs from a Book of Hours. These must be some of the best renaissance carvings in any English church. They make Boxgrove very special.”

Sir Simon Jenkins


Restoration Appeal

Click here to view some photographs taken during the restoration that was completed in November 2009.

The Appeal continues - see link above.

(© - Fr Ian Forrester)

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Next 100 years
Billy Fiske
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Looking east through the
ruins of the nave


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