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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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For information about St Michael's Church, Bedford (part of the Elstow Benefice) please see:

Elstow Sponsored Abseil for Christian Aid
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Elstow Abbey Abseil - 2015

Principal Services
March - April 2015

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

Sunday, March 29th - Palm Sunday

  • 10am Holy Communion with procession and palms
  • 11.20am Mattins (Group)
  • 10.15am St Michaelís
  • 11.00am St Maryís Cardington
  • 6.30pm Evensong + Holy Communion
Thursday, April 2nd - Maundy Thursday
  • 7.30pm Holy Communion and stripping of the altars, and watch until 9pm
  • 7.30pm Holy Communion at St Michaelís
Friday, April 3rd - Good Friday
  • 10.15am Stations of the Cross at St Michaelís
  • 10.00am Family Service
  • 11.00am Last Hour
Saturday, April 4th - Holy Saturday
  • 8pm First Light of Easter
Sunday, April 5th - Easter Day
  • 10.30am Holy Communion with Sunday School
  • 10.15am St Michaelís
  • 11.00am St Maryís Cardington
  • 6.30pm Evensong
Sunday, April 12th - Second of Easter
  • 10am Holy Communion with Sunday School
  • 10am Holy Communion at St Johnís, Hatfield (JRC)
  • 10.15am St Michaelís
  • 11.00am St Maryís Cardington
  • 11.20am Mattins (Group)
  • 6.30pm Evensong
Sunday, April 19th - Third of Easter
  • 10am Holy Communion with Sunday School (RC)
  • 10.15am St Michaelís
  • 11.00am St Maryís Cardington
  • 11.20am Mattins
  • 4.00pm St Andrewís Baptist Church (Phil Campion)
  • 6.30pm Evensong (JRC + Rev Andrew Godfrey, Christian Aid)
Sunday, April 26th - Fourth of Easter
  • 10am Family Service with Sunday School
  • 10.15am St Michaelís
  • 11.00am St Maryís Cardington
  • 11.20am BCP Holy Communion
  • 6.30pm Evensong + Holy Communion


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


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March 29th - April 10th 2015

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