Church Explorers – All Saints Church

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Church Explorers – All Saints Church
July 1, 2017
All Saints, Bolton Percy
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Main Street, Bolton Percy, YO23 7AQ, United Kingdom
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June 9, 2017
all saints church, bolton percy

All Saints is a 15th-century church incorporating some fragments of stonework from an earlier 12th-century structure and many fine features including elaborately carved medieval stonework and 15th-century stained glass.

The church has a long association with the Fairfax family, and this summer the church will be unveiling a plaque to Andrew Marvell, who was resident at Nun Appleton between 1650 and 1652 as tutor to Thomas Lord Fairfax’s daughter Mary, and who accompanied the family to worship at All Saints.  Whilst there he wrote the 97-verse-long ‘Upon Appleton House, To My Lord Fairfax’.

A plaque will also be unveiled to another famous parishioner, Henry Hunnings, curate between 1874-80 and inventor of the Hunnings Carbon Granule Transmitter. After the patent for this ingenious device was sold to Thomas Edison for £1,000 in 1883, it soon became the adopted standard and with minor alterations continued to be used around the world for generations. It was only phased out by the British GPO in the 1980’s, over 100 years later.

All Saints, Bolton Percy, Dedication Day

The unveiling of the two plaques to All Saints’ famous parishioners will be part of an open day at All Saints. Church guides will be on hand to point out features of interest, and the church mass dials will be on display. Other attractions include the church’s parish records, which have been recently digitised, photocopied and bound back to 1571, and will be available for any family historians, and a display relating to the Bolton Percy hoard, one of the largest early medieval hoards found in the region.

There will also be activities and games for children, including a hide-and-squeak trail looking for mice in the church, and a game hunting creatures in the church’s Millennium Window. The plaques will be unveiled at 2pm.

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