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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 Abbeyís 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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Sunday Services
September 2014

Benefice and other services not held at Elstow Abbey are shown in italics.

Sunday, September 7th

  • 10.00am Holy Communion + Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.20am Mattins
  • 6.30pm Evensong
September, September 14th - Holy Cross
  • 10.00am Holy Communion + Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.00am Holy Communion at St Maryís, Cardington
  • 11.20am Mattins (Group)
  • 6.30pm Evensong
September 21st
  • 10.00am Holy Communion + Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.00am Holy Communion at St Maryís, Cardington
  • 11.20am Mattins
  • 6.30pm Evensong
September 28th
  • 10.00am Family Service + Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís - Patronal Festival with London Road Methodist Church - followed by Bring and Share Lunch
  • 11.20am BCP Holy Communion
  • 6.30pm Evensong and Holy Communion


For further information on services and community activities, please see the Elstow Church Bulletin:

Elstow Bulletins graphic Elstow Weekly Bulletin
September 7th - 19th 2014


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