Grid Ref: SK 182 358
Date: 29 April 2006

Boylestone is a very quiet village now but as Arthur Mee relates it had a brief moment of drama.  During the Civil War, 200 Royalist troops sheltered in the church overnight while on their way to the relief of Wingfield Manor.  They did not set a watch and during the night Parliamentary forces surrounded the church.  At dawn they called on the occupants to surrender and all were disarmed without loss of life on either side. The earliest parts of the church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, are the buttresses to the chancel wall from the 13th century.   The chancel was rebuilt in the early 14th century with the east window from the 15th century.  The tower was built in 1844 by Henry Duesbury. My picture below, taken from an illustration in the church, shows the church as it was in February 1834, when sketched by the Revd: R. R. Rawlins.

  Church of St. John the Baptist  
Boylestone, Derbyshire   Sanctuary
Sketch of the church in 1834   The Sanctuary

The Buildings of England, Derbyshire, by Nikolaus Pevsner, revised by Elizabeth Williamson, Yale University Press, 2002, ISBN 0-300-09591-0
The King's England, Derbyshire, by Arthur Mee, first published in 1937, 6th impression 1951


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