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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 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

Elstow Abbey from the west
Elstow Abbey from the West


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For further information on services and community activities,
please see the Elstow Abbey Newsletter ...

Elstow Bulletins graphic Elstow Newsletter (August 9th - 21st 2015)


Principal Services
August - September 2015

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

Sunday, August 2nd - Ninth after Trinity

  • 10.00am -11.00am Holiday Club Service
  • 11.20am – 12.20pm Mattins
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 11.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s Cardington
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm Evensong with Holy Communion
Sunday, August 9th - Tenth after Trinity
  • 10.00am - 11am Holy Communion + Sunday School
  • 11.20am - 12.20pm Mattins (Group)
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 11.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s Cardington
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm Evensong
Sunday, August 16th - Eleventh after Trinity
  • 10.00am - 11am Holy Communion + Sunday School
  • 11.20am - 12.20pm Mattins
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 11.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s Cardington
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm Evensong
Sunday, August 23rd - Twelfth after Trinity
  • 10.00am - 11am Family Service and Sunday School
  • 11.20am – 12.20pm BCP Holy Communion
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 11.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s Cardington
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm Evensong + Holy Communion
Sunday, August 30th - Thirteenth after Trinity
  • No morning service at Elstow Abbey
  • 11.00am Benefice Service at St Mary's Cardington
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm Evensong
Sunday, September 6th - Fourteenth after Trinity
  • 10am Family Communion + Sunday School
  • 11:20am Mattins
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 11.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s Cardington
  • 6:30pm Evensong
Sunday, September 13th - Fifteenth after Trinity
  • 10am Family Communion + Sunday School
  • 11:20am Mattins (Group)
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 11.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s Cardington
  • 6:30pm Evensong
Sunday, September 20th - Sixteenth after Trinity
  • 10am Family Communion + Sunday School
  • 11:20am Mattins
  • 6:30pm Evensong
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