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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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Sunday Services
end-January to early February 2015

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

Sunday, January 25th - Third Sunday of Epiphany

  • No morning service at Elstow Abbey
  • 11.00am Joint service at Elstow Bunyan Christian Fellowship
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 6.00pm All Bedford Churches Together Evening Service at Elstow Abbey
Sunday, February 1st – The Fourth Sunday of Epiphany
  • 10.00am Holy Communion + Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 11.20am Mattins (Group)
  • 6.30pm Evensong
Sunday, February 8th – The Second Sunday before Lent
  • 10.00am Holy Communion + Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 11.20am Mattins
  • 6.30pm Evensong

Further Sunday services will be posted on the website soon (when full calendar is available)


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


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Elstow Weekly Bulletin

February 1st - 14th 2015

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