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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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For further information on services and community activities,
please see the Elstow Abbey Newsletter ... :

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Elstow Abbey News
Summer 2015


Principal Services
June - July 2015

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

Sunday, June 7th - First after Trinity

  • (9.00 – 9.30am Choir Practice)
  • 10.00 -11.00am Family Communion + Sunday School
  • 11.20 – 12.20pm Mattins
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 11.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s Cardington
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm Evensong
Sunday, June 14th - Second after Trinity
  • 10.15 -11.15am Benefice service at St Michaels for the 50th celebration of this church in Bedford
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm Evensong and Holy Communion
Sunday, June 21st - Third after Trinity ('Fathers’ Day')
  • (9.00 – 9.30am Choir Practice )
  • 10.00 -11.00am Family Communion + Sunday School
  • 11.20 – 12.20 Mattins
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 11.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s Cardington
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm Evensong
Sunday, June 28th - Fourth after Trinity
  • 10.00 - 11.00am Family Service + Sunday School
  • 11.20 – 12.20pm BCP Holy Communion
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 11.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s Cardington
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm Evensong and Holy Communion
Sunday, July 5th - Fifth after Trinity
  • (9.00 – 9.30am Choir Practice)
  • 10.00 -11.00am Family Communion + Sunday School
  • 11.20am – 12.20pm Mattins
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 11.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s Cardington
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm Evensong
Sunday, June 12th - Sixth after Trinity
  • (9.00 – 9.30am Choir Practice)
  • 10.00 -11.00am Family Communion + Sunday School
  • 11.20 – 12.20pm Mattins (Group)
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 11.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s Cardington
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm Evensong
Sunday, June 19th - Seventh after Trinity -
(start of parish holiday)
  • 10.00 -11.10am Family Communion + Sunday School
  • 11.20 – 12.20pm Mattins
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 11.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s Cardington
  • 6.30 – 7.30pm Evensong
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