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Colmworth St Denys Church 2.jpg
St Denys' church, Colmworth
Colmworth is located in Bedfordshire
Location within Bedfordshire
Population393 (2011 Census including Duck's Cross)[1]
OS grid referenceTL106585
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBEDFORD
Postcode districtMK44
Dialling code01234
FireBedfordshire and Luton
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°12′49″N 0°22′57″W / 52.2136°N 0.3826°W / 52.2136; -0.3826Coordinates: 52°12′49″N 0°22′57″W / 52.2136°N 0.3826°W / 52.2136; -0.3826

Colmworth is a village and civil parish in the north of the English county of Bedfordshire. It is situated around 7 miles (11 km) north-east of Bedford. The parish includes the hamlet of Duck's Cross. Other nearby places are Little Staughton, Wilden, Renhold, Staploe, Bolnhurst and Ravensden.

The church is dedicated to St.Denis. It was built between 1426 and 1430 by Sir Gerard Braybrook. It is dedicated to the patron saint of France in honour of his French wife, Eleanor. To the left of the altar is an alabaster and black marble monument to Sir William Dyer erected in 1641 by his wife, Catherine, Lady Dyer. It has the following inscription:

My dearest dust, could not thy hasty day
Afford thy drowsy patience leave to stay
One hour longer, so that we might either
Have sat up or gone to bed together?
But since thy finished labour hath possessed
Thy weary limbs with early rest,
Enjoy it sweetly, and thy widow bride
Shall soon repose her by thy slumbering side,
Whose business now is only to prepare
My nightly dress and call to prayer.
Mine eyes wax heavy, and the day grows old,
The dew falls thick, my blood grows cold,
Draw, draw the closed curtains and make room,
My dear, my dearest dust, I come, I come."

Colmworth forms part of the Borough of Bedford.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish populatiloln 20l1". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 7 November 2016.

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