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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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Elstow Abbey in August
Elstow Abbey and Green in August


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Sunday Services
December 2014

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

December 7th

  • 10.00am Holy Communion + Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.20am Mattins (Group)
  • 3pm Craft activities at St Michaelís
  • 4pm Christingle Service at St Michaelís
  • 6.00pm Cluster Evensong with the Revd Sonya Brown, Priest in Charge of All Saintsí Queens Park
December 14th
  • 10.00am Holy Communion + Sunday School
  • 11.20am Mattins
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 3.30pm Christingle Service Elstow Abbey
  • 4.00pm Carol Service at St Michaelís
  • 6.30pm Evensong
December 21st
  • 10.00am Holy Communion + Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.20am Mattins
  • 6.30pm Nine Lessons and Carols
December 24th - Christmas Eve
  • 2pm Crib Service
  • 4pm Crib Service
  • 6.00pm Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.30pm Midnight Mass
December 25th - Christmas Day
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 10.30am Holy Communion (Elstow)
December 28th - First after Christmas
  • 10.30am Holy Communion + Sunday School
    (no Mattins and no Evensong)


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

Elstow Bulletins graphic Elstow Weekly Bulletin
December 14th 2014 -January 5th 2015


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