Ad-van-ture number one: Boxgrove Priory…

Ad-van- ture one is also the first time I drove the van… which is more of a challenge than it sounds…

I may have forgotten to tell you that is is a left hand drive beastie! which presents a whole lot of challenges in a country where you drive on the left hand side of the road…

Things like the steering wheel being on the wrong side of the car, like changing gear with your right hand not your left hand, like the gears being in a completely different position on the stick to your other car, like your perception of road position being constantly challenged…


This steering wheel is not where I feel it should be!
My advice to you, is, if you are going to try to overcome all of these difficulties, don’t do it 5 mins before attempting to drive up the biggest hill in your area in a van with very little power… If you do, be prepared to be in the wrong gear going up the hill, panic, stall, and insist on changing drivers half way up!

looking back on it now it was quite comical πŸ˜€ and just in case you were worried, I have driven it since and all has been well!

After the (more eventful than it should have been) drive we arrived in the small village of Boxgrove in Sussex near Chichester. It has a Priory which was partly destroyed in the reign of Henry VIII during his infamous dissolution of the monasteries.

What is left there is a ruined guesthouse which used to be available for the monks visitors and a fancy parish church which is the remaining part of the monastery its self


The van and the guest house

obligatory selfie

The church its self is quite interesting from an architectural and historical stand point. It has an elaborately painted ceiling done by the same person who painted the ceiling of Chichester cathedral, possibly as a practice… or maybe as a keeping up with the Joneses sort of thing.

(NB I have no evidence at all that any of the Chichester Cathedral personnel was named Jones…)

The church on the outside and inside bears the scars of lost portions which used to be cloisters and accommodations and suchlike. Looking at the walled over windows and doors and the half covered arches while trying to figure out what used to stand there, is always a fascinating game πŸ˜€ there is more info on Boxgrove priory here and here if you are interested…

this is what it looks like…

All in all despite a bit of rain, it turned out to be an excellent first adventure πŸ˜€ and it made us dona little bit more of that thing you often forget to do…explore interesting places in your own doorstep πŸ˜€





15 thoughts on “Ad-van-ture number one: Boxgrove Priory…

    1. It was quite an epic adventure for a first one… the priory was lovely… and we met a man who was quite helpful and explained where everything used to be…
      The chancellor doe have excellent taste!!
      I believe my husband is attempting to convince your husband that he wants to buy our other more project-y van πŸ™‚

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      1. He won’t take much convincing, I assure you – but we would have to convince Ian to lend us another lock up, unless we can squeeze it in with Bertie Beetle πŸ™‚ I say the more vans the merrier!


  1. I’m an American living in Cornwall and it’s been ten years, so it’s all settling down now, but I feel your pain about changing gears with the wrong hand. You didn’t mention my favorite problem: Opening the driver’s-side door, not seeing the steering wheel, and thinking, “Somebody stole my steering wheel. Who’d steal my steering wheel?”

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    1. hahaha yes!! Although I think it is too new at the moment…I am thinking about it really hard so I remember what side to get in…
      I also forgot to mention who wierd it is being a passenger on the side of the car you are supposed to drive on!!


      1. hahahaha that is awesome!
        I really want to get a giant teddy bear or some such thing and put him in the passenger seat of the van to freak out the people who don’t know it is left hand drive πŸ˜€

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    1. Hehehe I think I am going to find a lot of these things happening as I attempt to get used to a left hand drive car…then swapping back and forth between the two!!
      I feel a further adaptation post coming on πŸ™‚

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      1. I don’t think I would have tried it if I was on holiday…but we plan to have this van for a while so I decided I would have to get used to it!
        Also…I wan’t to take it on dancing weekends and mark doesn’t necessarily want to come on all of my dancing weekends so I’d better just get used to it!


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