is a very picturesque small coastal village, which has a history
peppered with notable events. Bosham is recorded in the Bayeaux
tapestry, with a depiction of Harold with a hawk on his wrist, taking
mass before his departure to battle. Popular myth says that King
Harold's remains are buried in Bosham church (the church itself
predating the norman conquest). There is also a legend surrounding King
Canute, since tradition has it that he had a palace at Bosham and that
his daughter's remains are also buried under the church (this is
loosely supported by the finding of a rough stone coffin in 1865
containing a child's skeleton). Another legend has it that the Danes
landed at Bosham, and raided the church taking off with the church
bells. Unfortunately the weight of the bells sank the invaders' ships.
Legend says that those with attuned ears can hear the bells at certain
Bosham is one of the attractions near to Chichester that should not be missed. It is positioned at the end of one of the creeks emerging from Chichester Harbour.
It has some lovely tea rooms, small cosy local pubs and plenty for
sailing enthusiasts. Oh, and make sure that you park your car on the
public car park, and not at the quay side. The tide comes in very
quickly and uninformed motorists often reappear after a pub lunch or
pleasant stroll to find their vehicle submerged (overlooked by a
plethora of smirking onlookers).
To get to Bosham from Chichester,
head out to the A27 and travel down to the last large roundabout before
leaving for Portsmouth (The Fishbourne Roundabout). Head into
Fishbourne along the old A27, and carry on for about another 2 miles.
For more information about Bosham, consult the Bosham's Villagers' website, and for details on local sailing visit Bosham Sailing Club.