The Millstream Hotel Bosham, Chichester.

A warm welcome! The village of Bosham, near Chichester in West Sussex is one of the most historic in Britain, also one of the prettiest.

The name Bosham is either derived from the old English 'Bosanhamm' - Bosa's water meadow as it was known in 750AD, or 'Boscusham' meaning wood hamlet. Formerly in the province of the South Saxons and the Earldom of Wessex, it became Boseham in 1086, 20 years after the Norman conquest. Bede tells us that before St. Wilfrid established Christianity in the Parish a Benedictine monk named Dicul built a monastery here c.680AD. The population in 1901 was 1,149, today it is around 2,700.
Bosham, Chichester, West Sussex


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Bosham is thought by many to be the birth and burial place of the last Saxon King: Harold, King of England & Earl of Wessex. It was from Bosham that he sailed for Normandy in 1064; both he and Bosham Church are depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry. Other historic characters include King Canute (Cnut) of "turning the tide" fame and Herbert of Bosham, biographer of Archbishop Thomas Becket, murdered by King Henry II more

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"Better to have been a fisherman at Bosham, my good Herbert,
Thy birthplace, the sea creek, the petty rill, That falls into it the green field,
the grey church the simple lobster basket and the mesh."

Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

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