Bosham pronounced Bozzm. If you go, the car wash is a must. It's free for both the owners and the fans. Twice a day the tides flood in and for a while the car park is a bath. It's just the basic wash, of course: no shine or smart blow dry. Surprising though, how many leave their cars the two hours round high tide in spite of warning notices. Another must: the Parish Church of Holy Trinity with highly elevated South Aisle, chapel and the sacrament reserved for those near death. You're closer to Heaven in the South Aisle here than anywhere except the belfry tower. King Canute lived locally - he of the failed attempt to stop the sea's advance. (I wonder if he'd practiced - and how hard - to stem the car wash tides.) His daughter was a native of these parts. Alas, the poor child drowned when playing by the stream. She's buried in the church by the South Aisle. They moved her back in nineteen-something from her cemetery grave. Beside her in the churchyard lay a man in rich, expensive clothes. Canute - or so historians now think. Also local: Harold. (Ten sixty six and all that jazz.) He sailed from here for Normandy. He and the Parish Church are featured in The Bayeux Tapestry. (see here)
The moon petals the sea. Rose petals the sea. Stone sea. Stone petals. Rose petals of stone. Stone rising before me. Sea moves. How moves...
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Friday, 28 September 2012
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The pronunciation of English place names is always a bit hit and miss (and mostly miss) for anyone but the locals. However, this sounds like an area rich in the sort of history which awes me, coming as I do from a country where little of the history of the inhabitants has ever been documented. Thanks Dave.
A lot of history here!If only King Canute was successful and passed on his legacy the car wash would not happen. The corrosive effect of sea water cannot be rubbished but to only regret later! Great verse Dave!
I hear a slogan coming on - 'Wash 'em in Bosham'... LOL :)
ah sounds like a pretty cool day trip dave...closer to heaven there eh? then it is a must if i ever pass through...smiles.
I enjoyed this bit of history and tourism! Though I am often looking for a good deal, I will pass on the car wash. Ha. The church is indeed beautiful!
Anything to do with history, I'm there!
LOL Laughing at Jinksy's comment.
I guess with King Canute, it had to be a water feature.
A very unique car wash for sure :)
Still remember my first trip to the UK ... trying to pronounce names and words ~ sounding like a wacky tourist.
I fell in love with treacle sponge pudding, ploughman lunches, Branston pickle, cream teas, fish 'n chips wrapped in newspaper!
I reckon I'd prefer to be with the bats in the belfry rather than with all those others in the South aisle.
Enjoyable history lesson.
Nice history lesson, Dave. Bosham sounds a bit of a tongue twister.
It must be a great place, I'll remember it for a future visit.
I ask forgiveness once again for not replying individually. This time it be my 79th birthday and we be going out.
Thank you all for your comments, they are all much appreciated.
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