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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
November 2014

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

November 2nd 2014

  • 10.00am Holy Communion + Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.20am Mattins (Group)
  • 6.30pm Evensong + Holy Communion
November 9th 2014 - Remembrance Sunday
  • 10.15am 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 10.55am Remembrance Service (with Brownies and Elstow Christian Fellowship)
  • 12.00noon Elstow War Memorial (for conculsion of the remembrance service).
  • 6.30pm Annual service of remembrance for loved ones
November 16th 2014
  • 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
November 23rd 2014
  • 10.00am Holy Communion + Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.20am BCP Holy Communion
  • 6.00pm Evening Prayer at Christ the King , London Road
    No Evensong at Elstow Abbey
November 30th 2014
  • Benefice Service for the 5th Sunday
    No morning services at Elstow Abbey
    No Morning services at St Michaelís Bedford
    11.00am Holy Communion at St Maryís, Cardington
  • 6.30pm Evensong + Holy Communion


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

Elstow Bulletins graphic Elstow Weekly Bulletin
November 2nd - 15th 2014


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