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Elstow Abbey and Green : October-November

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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Elstow Abbey in August
Elstow Abbey and Green in August

Elstow Abbey from the west
Elstow Abbey from the West
Elstow Abbey west path
Elstow Abbey west end pathway from gate

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

Elstow Abbey May Festival
Elstow Abbey May Festival 2016
See Picture Gallery for more photos of the event


For further information on our regular services and community activities, please use the following document links:


Report to the Annual Parocial Church Meeting - April 2016

The report provides a detailed current record of the many community and outreach activities and groups at Elstow Abbey as of April 2016 . The full document can be viewed/downloaded using the link below (a 'PDF' file).

APCM Reports on Church Activities and Groups - April 2016


Principal Services
August - September 2016

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

Sunday, August 7th 2016
Eleventh after Trinity

  • 10:00am Family Communion with Sunday School
  • 10.15 am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.00 am Holy Communion at St Maryís Cardington
  • 11:20am BCP Holy Communion
  • 6:30pm Evensong
Sunday, August 14th
Twelfth after Trinity
  • 10:00am Family Communion (NO Sunday School)
  • 10.15 am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.00 am Holy Communion at St Maryís Cardington
  • 11:20am BCP Holy Communion
  • 6:30pm Evensong
Sunday, August 21st
Thirteenth after Trinity
  • 10:00am Family Communion with Sunday School
  • 10.15 am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.00 am Holy Communion at St Maryís Cardington
  • 11:20am Mattins (Group)
  • 6:30pm Evensong
Sunday, August 28th
Fourteenth after Trinity
  • 10:00am Family Service
  • 10.15 am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.00 am Holy Communion at St Maryís Cardington
  • 11:20am Mattins
  • 6:30pm Evensong and Holy Communion
Sunday, September 4th
Fifteenth after Trinity
  • 10:00am Family Communion with Sunday School
  • 10.15 am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.00 am Holy Communion at St Maryís Cardington
  • 11:20am BCP Holy Communion
  • 6:30pm Evensong
Sunday, September 11th
Sixteenth after Trinity
  • 10:00am Family Communion with Sunday School
  • 10.15 am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.00 am Holy Communion at St Maryís Cardington
  • 11:20am Mattins
  • 6:30pm Evensong
Sunday, September 18th
Seventeenth after Trinity
  • 10:00am Family Communion with Sunday School
  • 10.15 am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.00 am Holy Communion at St Maryís Cardington
  • 11:20am Mattins
  • 6:30pm Evensong
Sunday, September 25th
Eighteenth after Trinity
  • 10:00am Family Service
  • 10.15 am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.00 am Holy Communion at St Maryís Cardington
  • 11:20am Mattins (Group)
  • 6:30pm Evensong and Holy Communion
Sunday, October 2nd
Harvest Sunday
  • 10:30am Harvest Family Communion with Sunday School
  • 10.15 am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.00 am Holy Communion at St Maryís Cardington
  • 6:30pm Evensong
Sunday, October 9th
Twentieth after Trinity
  • 10:00am Family Communion with Sunday School
  • 10.15 am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.00 am Holy Communion at St Maryís Cardington
  • 11:20am Mattins
  • 6:30pm Evensong

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