Bosham is a pretty, sleepy village on Chichester Harbour, it's a couple of hours drive from where I live and one of the places I like to visit and photograph. It looks like a wealthy place now, but a thousand years ago is was one of the richest and most powerful places in England.
It's said that Bosham is where Cnut (Canute?) tried to hold back the tide to show his sycophantic courtiers that he was't all powerful. There is a story that Cnut had a daughter that drowned here and that her tomb is in the church. The wealth of Bosham in Saxon times may have been why Harold Godwinson lived in Bosham, at the manor house. His visit to the church and manor are shown in the Bayeux Tapestry. After he came in second at the battle of Hastings his remains may have been buried here later.
Chichester Harbour is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a wetland visited migrating wildfowl, so it’s popular with birdwatchers.
Watching the tide come in, is a good a way to spend a couple of hours and if you have a camera (or several) a great place for photography.
I have gone around the village and taken a few photos, but as people's windows give out onto the High Street, not too many. The cafe on the right does a very good breakfast and gives great views of the water, when it's there.
Some of these photos are rather smaller than others, the web site sets the photo size to 944px (!?) for the blog, but I usually add my photos at 800px. The new images for the Bosham gallery update were added at blog size. - lockdown blogging.
Bosham close up
I've also been to the church, but learned the history after going, so I'll have to go back and look again.
The church has its own web site and gives all the information you would want
For me, the best view is from the other side of the tidal inlet. Shore Road runs from the quay, around the outside of the tidal inlet and then on towards Bosham Ho. The harbour is usually quite interesting, with something going on much of the time, at the top of the inlet there are often some swans and then the road goes on to where the best views of the village can be seen.
At the Quay
One of the places swans congregate
There's a small, private jetty further round and it's a good place to get seagull photos.
Further down, there's a small pebble beach with some boats and dingies pulled out of the water.
Small pebble beach
Where I like to take photos
Along here is the best place to watch and photograph the tide coming in.
If you get the right tide at the right time, it can be absolutely dazzling. High tide in the golden hour is really, really spectacular. I've also done a couple of time lapses here too.
At other times, the view can be really pretty, and equally beautifully lit.
A few times when I've been there, boating activities start when the tide comes in.
The road carries on for a few hundred metres and then bends away to the left. There's a footpath that carries on beside the water and heads towards a ferry that goes across to Ichenor. I'm not sure what that is, there was no obvious sign when I walked down there.
The second private jetty
By wildlife, really I mean birds.
One think I've learned over the years is that my camera gear, which is optimised for sport, really isn't good enough for birding, unless it's a swan or the bird is really close.
Crow carrying a dead seagull chick
If you can stay around for the evening, that can be magical too.
I really like this place and I'm really looking forward to getting back there after the lockdown ends - I'm writing this at the end of May 2020.
It's a place I can recommend and it's not difficult to get to from my part of the county.
I have one very important piece of advice, there's a good car park at Bosham, it's not expensive and it has a bus stop and toilets too. Don't be tempted to think you can park on one of the roads.
One of the first things you will see, is this sign: -
Don't risk ignoring it. The car park isn't expensive, filling your car with sea water is.
In July 2020 I went down to Bosham to photograph Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE). I had a reasonable idea of where it was going to be in the sky, so it was just a matter of waiting for it to appear in the night sky. Eventually it appeared and I was rewarded with images like these.
I hope you enjoy this photo blog. I'm planning to put together another on about film photography at Bosham.