Boxgrove Priory

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Boxgrove Priory Ruins
Boxgrove Priory Church
The nave

Boxgrove Priory, in the village of Boxgrove in Sussex, was founded in about 1066 by Robert de Haye, who in 1105 bestowed the church of St. Mary of Boxgrove upon the Benedictine Abbey of Lessay. In about 1126 upon the marriage of Robert's daughter Cecily, to Roger St. John the number of monks living at Boxgrove was increased from the original three to six, and by 1187 there were a total of fifteen. The nineteenth monk was added to the priory in about 1230 by William de Kainesham, Canon of Chichester. By 1535 the priory's possessions were worth £185 19s. 8d. gross, and £145 10s. 2½d. clear.

The ruins are a Grade I listed building.[1]


The Priory was dissolved in 1536. At the time of the dissolution there were eight priests and one novice, as well as twenty-eight servants and eight children living in the priory.

Modern history[edit]

The Priory church is still in use as the Church of St Mary and St Blaise.[2] The Battle of Britain Pilot Billy Fiske is buried in the churchyard.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Images of England, accessed 28 July 2007
  2. ^ Reading Room Manchester. "404". Retrieved 6 December 2014. 

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Coordinates: 50°51′37.8″N 0°42′39.7″W / 50.860500°N 0.711028°W / 50.860500; -0.711028