Dunster's Birthplace

Henry Dunster was born in 1609 somewhere in or near the the present-day city of Bury, Lancashire, UK. His precise birthplace is not known. He was baptized on November 26, 1609.

There are two main competing theories on the location. This has led to some degree of controversy among Dunster scholars and researchers.

Ernest Axon, the former chief librarian of the Manchester City Library in the early part of the 20th century, believed that Dunster was born in or near the Dunster's Farm area on the Brandlesholme Road. Brandlesholme is currently a suburb of Bury. However, despite extensive modern-day research by Charles Walker, a member of the Henry Dunster Association who lives in the area, this claim has not been decisively proven. The title of a map of Dunster's Farm is shown here (and also on the main page of the website).



Meanwhile, the official view is that the Boholt Hotel in Bury is near the location of the actual birthplace. The hotel has an official "blue plaque," shown here:
The "blue plaque" at the Boholt Hotel in Bury, commemorating Henry Dunster's birthblace.


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This page was last updated in April 2015