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[Transcribed and edited information from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868]

"BOLNHURST, a parish in the hundred of Stodden, in the county of Bedford, 6 miles to the north of Bedford, its post town. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Ely, of the value of £159, in the patronage of the Rev. H. W. Gery. The church is dedicated to St. Dunstan. The charitable endowments of the parish, including £12, the income of the free school founded in 1791, produce about £15 per annum."

"MAVOURN, a farm house in the parish of Bolnhurst, county of Bedfordshire, 2½ miles south west of Bolnhurst. This house is on the site of a moated Manor House."

"PARK END, a small hamlet in the parish of Bolnhurst, county of Bedfordshire, 3 miles south west of Bolnhurst."

[Transcribed from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland 1868]
by Colin Hinson ©2013




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  • Church of England
    • The church of St. Dunstan is a building of stone in the Early Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, porch, vestry and a tower containing 4 bells, the 2nd and 3rd are each dated 1587 and the tenor 1618, with an inscription. The late Mrs. Wade-Gery, to whose memory the stained east window was inserted, was interred in the vestry: the church contains monuments and stained windows to the Francklin and the Harvey families: in the nave is a marble tablet to the Francklin family, dated 1707: a beautiful carved screen divides the nave and chancel, and on one of the walls is a fresco of St. Christopher bearing the infant Christ: the chancel was completely restored and the roof re-covered with oak and lead in 1884; the walls and porch were also repaired. The register dates from the year 1685. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]

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