A massive hello, and a heartfelt virtual hug from us at Pinned, we are back and writing up about our recent, close found adventures before we inevitably get back on the road and go exploring. With these tough times of all of our lives during the pandemic we aren’t able to go and explore the UK/World as much as we would like to but are keeping up the hope that soon we will be able to be able to travel more freely for some positive mental well-being.
Anyway, onto a little gem from our travels, we drove from our hometown to Boxgrove Priory which is north east of Chichester, Sussex. When arriving at Boxgrove, through leafy green woodlands, you are greeted by the 12th century ruin of the priory guest house, this house was built to entertain the guests and to provide lodgings. Originally the building had two storeys with a vaulted cellar, and if you look at the north end of the building you can see the support that held the vault for the under croft.
When you wander on, you can see a small homely parish church, the exterior is medieval but when looking around the church you can see the cracks, the walls and columns that have been ripped down and ruined, which originally was a larger building but now what remains is known as the parish church.
For me, when I walked through the church, I was absolutely blown away by the beauty of the medieval, late Tudor and Norman interior. It was truly beautiful and well looked after. Probably the first thing you will notice is the nave of this church, its high ceilings give such momentum there and the Tudor painted roof which in itself is something to marvel at.
Something that i was particularly interested in was the chantry at the north of the nave as it has a mixture of Gothic and renaissance carvings as well as early french motifs that from ‘A Book of Hours’.
The chapel chantry was built by Thomas West, who was the 9th Lord de la Warr and patron of the priory in the 16th century, he commissioned an artist called Lambert Barnard to decorate the chantry in the badges and arms of their families which was also entwined with beautiful flowers and foliage to complete.
The chapel and the ruins truly make for a special visit, it is somewhere you can calmly gather your thoughts and take the time to see all the natural beauty untouched, but obviously the church is in use and is used for mass, tours, audio recordings, concerts and lecturers.
We hope you enjoyed the short history of Boxgrove Priory, and do genuinely hope you take your time to go and visit this wonderful place, please give us a follow on Instagram for regular updates and photographs of our explorations!