Colin Crosby Heritage Tours


Bosham is a historic village in Sussex, on a creek of Chichester Harbour and 4 miles from Chichester.

The correct pronunciation is "Bozzum", and it is very popular with yachtsmen.

The High Street is a narrow lane, with pretty brick, flint and tile-hung cottages leading to the green known as Quay Meadow.

Bosham was the capital of an estate owned by Cnut and later by the powerful Godwin, Earl of Wessex.

Holy Trinity Church has Saxon origins and a fine Norman font. Cnut`s young daughter is buried here, and so possibly is Herbert of Bosham, Secretary to Thomas a Becket, who witnessed the Archbishop`s shameful assassination at Canterbury Cathedral.

The church is shown on the Bayeux Tapestry, as it was from here that Harold of Wessex sailed to Normandy in 1064, on the adventure that led to him allegedly swearing to help Duke William succeed Edward the Confessor as King of England.

Bosham is the most likely scene of Cnut`s demonstration to his foolish courtiers that he could not command the sea to do his wishes.

Lord Bosham is a character in the comic novels of P. G. Wodehouse, who lived nearby at Emsworth.

Blue Badge Guide Colin Crosby is available to lead Guided Walks around Bosham for groups.

Places in Bosham

Bosham Station, Holy Trinity Church