Boxgrove, (West Sussex)

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The Priory, though now a parish church, is not a typical country church. Built on the site of a Saxon church, soon after the Conquest, by monks from Lessay in Normandy, the building took on cathedral proportions. Originally the Benedictine monks used part of the building as their priory, leaving the rest of the building available to the villagers to use as their parish church. The twin dedication to St Mary & St Blaise probably reflects its dual purpose.

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After the Dissolution of the Monasteries by Henry VIII the priory section fell into disrepair, its ruins very evident today. The local villagers maintained the upkeep of their parish church section and the arrangement continues to the present day.

The remains of the priory’s church are now part of the existing parish church. To the north of this are remains of the cloister and the c.1300 guest range, which are in the care of English Heritage.

Places of worship:

Church details, together with baptism, marriage, monumental inscription & burial records can be accessed by clicking on the church name.

Boxgrove Priory

Chapel, Halnaker House

St Mary & St Blaise

Census returns:

The OPC Database has no census returns for people residing in this parish yet.

People born in this parish but residing elsewhere:

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1851 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1871 census.

1 individual in the OPC Database for the 1891 census.


Grid reference: 490974, 107500 ~ View on: Google Maps, Open Street Map, Streetmap, National Library of Scotland Map or Oldmaps.

Militia records etc:

Roll of Honour has a transcription of the war memorial at together with biographical information concerning the individuals listed.

Poll Registers:

The OPC database contains 33 poll register entries for people entitled to vote in this parish.

1641 Protestation Returns:

There are 129 protestation returns for this parish in the OPC database.


The OPC database contains 7 entries for people associated with this parish mentioned in Gazettes.


There are 28 images depicting this parish in the OPC database.

Postal directories:

The OPC database contains no postal directory entries for this parish.

1867 Kelly's Directory for Boxgrove is available on the GENUKI site

1851 Post Office Directory for Boxgrove


There are no books about this parish in the Sussex OPC Bibliography.

There are 22 articles about this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Collections Index.

There are 2 people from this parish in the OPC Sussex Archeaological Society Members Index.


The OPC database contains no wills of people who lived in this parish.

The OPC database contains no wills that mention this parish.

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