Bolnhurst – St Dunstan

Bolnhurst - St Dunstan

The church of St Dunstan in Bolnhurst is isolated from the village it serves being situated about a mile to the south-west of the village on the south side of the Thurleigh Road. Parking is limited but available to the side of the road about 100 yards east of the church.
 
Patron saint: St Dunstan

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The church consists of a nave and chancel with a west tower and south porch. There is a vestry on the north side of the chancel. The total length of the nave and chancel is 75 feet with the chancel being 18 feet wide and the nave 21 feet. The tower is around 13 feet square and 60 feet tall.

Bolnhurst - St Dunstan. South aisle.

The south wall of the nave has three windows surrounding the porch; two to the east and one to the west of the porch. Of these the eastern most has modern net tracery of C14 style. The other two show more modern tracery in the window to the east of the porch with a poor imitation in that to the west of the porch.

Both the north and south sides of the nave have an embattled parapet.

Bolnhurst - St Dunstan. South wall, south-west window.
Bolnhurst - St Dunstan. South porch.

The porch is of C15 with two single cinquefoiled lights to the east and west.

The embattled west tower is built in four stages and is of the C15 with diagonal buttresses to the west. The eastern buttresses disappear into the structure of the nave. It has an internal stair in the south west corner. The top stage has pairs of windows on each side of two cinquefoiled lights with quatrefoils in the heads. The tower originally had a lead spire which was removed in 1806.

Bolnhurst - St Dunstan. Tower from the south.
Bolnhurst - St Dunstan. Tower west window and door.

The west doorway has a restored window above with three cinquefoiled lights with tracery in C15 style.

The north wall has two main windows of similar scale to those on the south again surrounding a doorway. These have three cinquefoiled lights with transoms. The eastern most of these two three light windows has an upper embattled transom, the other doesn't. Between these two windows is a now blocked north doorway. Completing the north wall is a two light cinquefoiled window with a quatrefoil in the head.

Bolnhurst - St Dunstan. Tower and north-west window.
Bolnhurst - St Dunstan. North wall, blocked doorway.
Bolnhurst - St Dunstan. North wall windows.

The vestry on the north side of the chancel was added during the restorations of the 1850's. Under the plain uncusped two light window on the north side is an embedded cross.

Bolnhurst - St Dunstan. Chancel and vestry.
Bolnhurst - St Dunstan. East end.

The east window dates from the 1850's with three trefoiled lights with net tracery above.

Bolnhurst - St Dunstan. East window.

On the south side of the chancel is a window to match that on the north along with a priest's door and a small window to the west.

Bolnhurst - St Dunstan. Chancel from the south.
Bolnhurst - St Dunstan. Chancel south-east window.
Bolnhurst - St Dunstan. Chancel south-west window and priest's door.