Bosham

Some time ago now, I posted my comic about the story of the Bosham Bells.

I recently had the chance to return to Bosham and revisit the church that features in this story.

The village of Bosham sits on Chichester Harbour.

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The earliest parts of Holy Trinity Church date from the Saxon period, though there are many additions of Norman and later medieval date. The church is featured in the Bayeux Tapestry, and a replica of this section, made in memory of a local resident, hangs on the wall.

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When I visited the church as child, the feature that most fascinated me was the memorial to King Cnut’s daughter.

Though I also liked going down the short set of steps into the church’s crypt.

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This time, I noticed the evidence of graffiti and traces of wall paintings.

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As well as the font, which had once been kept covered “to ensure the Holy Water was not stolen for witchcraft”.

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I didn’t get to hear the bells in the church, but I went outside to the graveyard, looked up at the bell tower and remembered how, when I was six or seven, I had stood at the edge of the water and strained my ears to hear the great bell calling from the bottom of  Bosham Deep.

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Dr H

 

Thinkin’ ’bout Thinkin’

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I’m very excited to see my artwork used in the video for the song Thinkin’ ’bout Thinkin’ by the band Cuz (Mike Watt and Sam Dook). The song was inspired, in part by, the story of Aiken Drum as told by Scottish poet William Nicholson.

This all came about after I sent Sam Dook a link to my Chantonbury Ring comic, inspired by his song The Wheel and the Ring.

The video was animated by artist Esther Springett.

Watch the video here.

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Many thanks to Sam and Esther for making this happen!

Dr H

Folklore Fridays: Sunday 21st October 1638

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This comic was created for the Past in its Place workshop, held at Buckfast Abbey 17th-18th April 2015.

Many thanks to conference organiser – Philip Schwyzer – for  accepting a comic as a contribution to the workshop, and to David Harvey, whose blog post inspired the comic.

The narrative and images for the historical account of the storm are based on The two Widecombe tracts 1638: giving a contemporary account of the great storm.

Sunday 21st October 1638

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04 Jan Reynolds and the Devil

05 Jan Reynolds and the Devil

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Dr H