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Hunsdon Parish Churchyard
Also known as: St Dunstan Churchyard
Church Lane (formerly Eastwick Road),
East Hertfordshire District
Hertfordshire  England
Postal Code: SG12 8PP

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Hunsdon is a village and civil parish in Hertfordshire. St Dunstan's Church is part of the United Benefice of Hunsdon with Widford and Wareside.(Church of England)The churchyard being closed for new interments, other than cremated remains, is now maintained by the District Council. However the nearby extension churchyard is the property and responsibility of the church. According to some old wills recently transcribed, the Church was originally dedicated to St Mary, then from about the time of the Reformation, it was known only as Hunsdon Church. In about 1880 the Rector at the time had it dedicated to St Dunstan. There is a connection, albeit tenuous, with Stepney, St Dunstan and All Saints Church in that members of the Charrington brewing family who are commemorated there, are also commemorated in St Dunstan's at Hunsdon. Stepney is where Charrington's main Anchor brewery was sited. The church lies about 3/4 Mile South of the village and is a Grade I listed building and it is likely that there was a church on this site in the 7th Century when the kingdom of the East Saxons was converted to Christianity. Hunsdon Church dates probably to the 11th century as a priest was recorded in the Domesday Book as living in Hunsdon. Interments of nobles were in the church vaults or in tombs above ground. There are a few altar tombs in the churchyard. The South Chapel is thought to have been added between 1610 and 1616 by the 3rd Lord Hunsdon, as a mortuary chapel and as the final resting place for he and his wife.The link with the monarchy began with Henry VIII who used Hunsdon House as a hunting lodge, and it is claimed that the three successive monarchs who worshipped at the church were Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. Prior to 1837 the only records were those kept by parish churches of christenings, marriages and burials. Records for Hunsdon back to 1546 have been found and are now stored in the Hertfordshire Archives in Hertford. However in 1915 the Hon. Herbert Cokayne Gibbs of Briggens took it upon himself to assemble the various records, transcribe them from manuscript and publish a book "The Parish Registers of Hunsdon Co. Hertford 1546 - 1837", of which several copies are available around and about the village. In 2006, Hunsdon Parish Council supported a proposal to create a database of these records and to make them generally available online. The transfer of nearly 7000 records has now been completed, thanks to a few individuals including, especially, John Ashley MBE, Alan Hampton and David Kitching. (Text by Geoffrey Gillon)
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Hunsdon Parish Churchyard
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Hunsdon Parish Churchyard
Added by: geoffrey gillon
Hunsdon Parish Churchyard
Added by: geoffrey gillon
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