July 11 – A trip to Bosham and Fishbourne

With David and Joan

Hello from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

We had an early start giving us time to feed the cats and do some computer work including sending the files for our new business cards to the printer. Then we drove to Bosham where we met David and Joan who had driven down to spend the day with us and bring us our mail.

We had a pleasant walk around Bosham at low tide. It always seems to be low tide when we come here. Next, we visited the Bosham church. It is a lovely little church with the tomb of King Canute’s 8-year-old daughter and possibly King Harold who died at the Battle of Hastings.

After looking around a small mall of local stalls inside a building that is ‘bigger on the inside than it is on the outside’ we went to a garden centre for some lunch.

In the afternoon we went to the Roman Palace and Garden to visit the mosaics at Fishbourne. The large palace was built in the 1st century AD, around thirty years after the Roman conquest of Britain, on the site of a Roman army supply base established at the Claudian invasion in 43 AD.We all got in for half price with our English Heritage cards. The museum was interesting and the mosaics were spectacular with their lovely patterns. Amazing to think that the whole area was under the earth and it wasn’t until a digger came in and dug up several mosaics before stopping for lunch and reporting it that anyone knew the mosaics were there. The whole area had been earmarked as a housing estate.

Amazing to think that the whole area was under the earth until 1960 when a digger excavated the area and dug up several mosaics. It wasn’t until he stopped for lunch and reported it that anyone knew the mosaics were there. The whole area had been earmarked as a housing estate.