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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
March 2015

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

Sunday, March 1st - 2nd in Lent

  • 10.00am Holy Communion with Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.20am Mattins
  • 6.30pm Evensong
Sunday, March 8th - 3rd in Lent
Stewardship Sunday
  • 10.00am Holy Communion with Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.20am Mattins
  • 6.30pm Evensong
Sunday, March 15th - 4th in Lent
Mothering Sunday
  • 10.30am Joint Holy Communion Service. No Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.00am Holy Communion St Maryís Cardington
  • 6.30pm Evensong
Sunday, March 22nd - 5th in Lent
Passiontide
  • 10.00am Family Service with Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michaelís
  • 11.20am Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
  • 6.30pm Evensong
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


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


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Elstow Church Bulletin

March 1st - 14th 2015


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