Old Bolingbroke, St Peter & St Paul

360 degree image of St Peter and St Paul’s bell tower*

Opposite Bolingbroke Castle, home of John of Gaunt and birthplace of his son Henry Bolingbroke later to become King Henry IVth of England. Part of a much larger church, destroyed during the English Civil War siege of the castle. Visit the castle, see the bells being rung and learn how they work. Find out about Henry lV’s life and connections at Bolingbroke, in our exhibition.

Watch the wonderful wildlife living among us! This video put together by Steve Lumb shows the wildlife active day and night, in and around the Old Bolingbroke churchyard. Taken on a trail camera. This is a tiny bit of the footage Steve has, and he is currently editing a longer video to show in church during the festival (this church will be open 31 Aug - 1 Sept). Steve is currently leading a newly established Friends Group on behalf of the church.

During both days you will be able to experience:
  • A historic ancient church built by John Of Gaunt, lying in a pretty village alongside Bolingbroke Castle
  • Bellringing and explanations how the bells and ropes work – possibly even have a go
  • An exhibition on Henry of Bolingbroke – born in the village and later to become King of England
  • An exhibition on the English Civil War, Lincolnshire’s pivotal role and the Siege of Bolingbroke
  • A wildlife film documenting the rich variety of wildlife in an around the churchyard
  • Organ music played by two accomplished organists – 12.30 – 1.30 on Saturday (Chris Hinkins) 1.00 – 2.00 on Sunday (David Blythe)
  • The chance to see and understand more about medieval graffiti – specially lit on this occasion
  • Music to listen to
  • Refreshments – cakes, tea, coffee, juices
  • A simplified new historic and architectural guide to the church and village
  • Our progress in establishing a new churchyard management plan and vision for our building and space



Bell ropes

Medieval graffiti on the font

Tower at Old Bolingbroke.

Stained glass at Old Bolingbroke

The churchyard at Old Bolingbroke

An English Civil War exhibition too, the battle of Winceby explained and the Siege of Bolingbroke Castle. Discover our medieval graffiti hidden away in corners of the church. Sit and enjoy our film showing the wide variety of wildlife that visits the churchyard day and night and wander around the historic churchyard. Teas, coffees, cakes and scones in the church. Sandwiches, crisps, sausage rolls at the village hall – contact Pam Powell on 01790 763363.

 A truly historic church and even a castle across the lane! Lots to see and hear.  

Opening Times on 31 Aug - 1 Sept:
Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

Postcode: PE23 4HH

Get daily updates on the festival in social media:


Like us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter


All photographs and video copyright Steve Lumb