St Denys' church, Colmworth
Colmworth shown within Bedfordshire
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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.
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