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Elstow Abbey in Autumn
Elstow Abbey and Green : October-November

Elstow Abbey was founded in 1078 by the Countess Judith, niece of William the Conqueror. It became one of the richer of the 106 Benedictine nunneries existing at the time and in its hey-day, in the fourteenth century, the building was twice its present size. The end of the Abbey came in 1539, as part of the dissolution of the monasteries.

By the time of Elizabeth I, the church itself had been reduced to its present dimensions, becoming the parish church of the village. The six Norman arches that still remain from the original building remind us of the Abbey’s long history of Christian worship.

Elstow is famous as the home of John Bunyan . He was baptised in our font in 1628 and as a child and young man he worshipped regularly in this abbey church. See History - John Bunyan on this website for further information.

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Elstow Abbey in August
Elstow Abbey and Green in August


Forthcoming Events

  • August 29th - Pilgrimage to Norwich Cathedral (Julian of Norwich)
  • September 2nd - Wedding Show and Open Day at the Abbey
  • September 24th - Harvest Festival following the launch of 'Pilgrims' Praise'

Wedding Event at Elstow Abbey

Wedding Show and Open Day at Elstow Abbey
September 2nd 2017
11.00 am to 3.00pm

Pilgrimage to Norwich

Elstow Day Pilgrimage to Norwich
Tuesday, August 29th 2017
Leave Elstow Abbey at 9.00am and return by 7.00pm
Cost: Ł20 per person (payable on the day). Bring a packed lunch.

>> More about the day pilgrimage <<


For the full calendar of events at Elstow Abbey, please look at the 'Google' on-line calendar via the link below

Google calendar for Elstow Abbey


Our annual report will tell you much of what happened at Elstow Abbey throughout last year


Click to download the Annual Report for Elstow Abbey to year-ending December 2016

Regular Sunday Worship at Elstow Abbey

  • 10.00am Holy Communion and Sunday school

    (4th Sunday Contemporary All-Age Worship)

  • 11.30am Mattins (Book of Common Prayer)

  • 6.30pm Evensong

    (4th Sunday - Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) )

Regular Weekday Activities

  • Monday 10.00am Mothers and Toddlers (term time only)

    2.30pm Prayer Group

  • Tuesday 6.30pm Elstow Abbey Youth Group (term time only)

  • Wednesday 11.00am Coffee and soup

  • Thursday 11.00am Holy Communion

  • Friday 8.00pm Bell Ringing

  • Saturday 9.30am Iona Morning Prayer - Fr Paul Messam

  • 10.00am Open Church to book Weddings, Baptisms and general enquiries as well as for prayer.

Recent Events at Elstow Abbey
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  • St George's Day Choral Eucharist - April 21st
  • Sunday, April 30th
    An evening service of Taizé worship - Prayer, Song and Contemplation
  • Saturday, May 6th
    Elstow May Festival with maypole dancing, craft fair, stalls, food and entertainment.
  • Sunday, May 21st
    Feast of St Helena
  • Monday, May 29th to Saturday, June 3rd - 'Thy Kingdom Come' - A Silent Eucharist
  • The Day of Pentecost - Sunday, June 4th 2017 (Whit Sunday)
  • Elstow Pilgrim Course
    Elstow Pilgrim Course (deails)

  • Elstow Abbey Holiday Club Elstow Abbey Holiday Club - Summer 2017
    Elstow Holiday Club for Children - Summer 2017
    'Rock around the Cross'

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