Considered to be the oldest Christian site in Sussex, the church is thought to date to at least the 7th Century. The oldest part remaining today is a Saxon tower of the early 11th Century. The rest of the church was added very shortly after the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Bosham Church is depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry as it was from the harbour here that Harold Godwinsson set sail for Normandy in 1064 to pledge allegiance to William of Normandy. There is also a story that the daughter of King Canute drowned in the stream near here and is buried in the church.
So all in all, by the time the church was finished after the Norman Conquest it had already played its part in history. Additions were made in the 13th and early 14th Centuries but after that the church and the town sank into obscurity.
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