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Old Bolingbroke
 
Old Bolingbroke, Castle
Old Bolingbroke, Castle
Old Bolingbroke, Castle

Bolingbroke Castle was built in the early 13th century to a hexagonal plan, with five towers and a gatehouse.

The future King Henry IV was born here in 1366. Besieged and taken by Parliamentary forces in 1643, the towers and walls were later largely demolished, preventing further use of the castle.

This view across the moat from the SW shows the remains of two of the towers, and in the distance Old Bolingbroke church.


Frank Robinson, 2011

Old Bolingbroke, castle, Henry IV, English Heritage,
Old Bolingbroke, Old School
Old Bolingbroke, Old School
Old Bolingbroke, Old School

There was an endowed school in the village for many years. In 1840 or 1841 this National School was built.

It closed in 1974 with children transferring to the Gregory Croft CE (Aided) Primary School in East Kirkby.

July 2014
Old Bolingbroke, primary school
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul

The three-stage greenstone tower has stepped buttresses, a large 15th century west window and an embattled parapet with eight crocketed pinnacles.

The nave windows, including the one in the west wall seen here,  have fine Decorated style flowing tracery.

July 2014

Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul church
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul

St Peter and St Paul was built c1360, possibly by John of Gaunt. The building was part destroyed in the Civil War -  the present nave was originally the south aisle.

James Fowler restored the church in the 19th century adding the present north aisle.

July 2014

Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul church, John of Gaunt, James Fowler, Civil War
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul

The view from the north east shows the greenstone tower in its unusual position attached to the north-west corner of the nave.

July 2014

Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul church
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul church
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul

The interior of St Peter & St Paul has a 14th century arcade of tall, slender piers.  At the east end of the chancel is a five-light window with fine flowing tracery in Decorated style.

July 2014

Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul church
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul, stoup
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul, stoup
Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul, stoup

The holy water stoup in the porch has a 14th century cusped and crocketed canopy.

July 2014

Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul church, stoup
Old Bolingbroke, Village Centre
Old Bolingbroke, Village Centre
Old Bolingbroke, Village Centre

The quiet heart of this historic village.

drawing by Tom Brooker, 1970

Old Bolingbroke,