The New St Boniface Parish Church


The foundation stone of the New Church – ‘St Boniface Parish Church‘ -was laid in June 1847 by the Reverend William Adams and the building was completed 18 months later at a cost of £3,000.


It was designed in the Norman or Romanesque style by Benjamin Ferrey, intended no doubt to reproduce the Old Church on a larger scale. The South transept was added in 1873. The photograph opposite shows the church as it is today.


New Church


There is much beautiful stained glass, the east triplet and bulls-eye being by Willis and presented in part by the sunburns, a notable local family, while that in the the-the north transept, showing the apostles was presented by the Rev. W. Sewell DD.


Sergeant Adams, the father of William, presented the fine old chair by the altar which had been given to his son at Merton College, Oxford, and also the font (below) in memory of his son.


New Church

The pulpit commemorates the men of Bonchurch who died in the 1914-1918 war.
There are six Swinburne graves in the churchyard, including that of Algernon Charles, the famous poet, who was the son of Admiral and Lady Jane Henrietta Swinburne.