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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

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

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Elstow Abbey May Festival
Elstow Abbey May Festival 2016


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Principal Services
June - July 2016

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

Sunday, May 29th 2016
First after Trinity

  • 11:00am Benefice Service at St Mary's Cardington
  • 6:30pm Evensong and Holy Communion
Sunday, June 5th 2016
Second 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, June 12th 2016
Third 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, June 19th 2016
Fourth 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, June 26th
Fifth after Trinity
Open Church Sunday
  • 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 with Holy Communion

  • Elstow Abbey will be open from 12.30pm until 6.30pm for tours, childrenís treasure trail, souvenir stall and refreshments.
Sunday, July 3rd 2016
Sixth 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, July 10th 2016
Seventh 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, July 17th 2016
Eighth 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, July 24th 2016
Ninth 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 No Evensong this evening (Holiday Club setting up).
Sunday, July 31st 2016
Tenth after Trinity
  • 10.30am Benefice Holy Communion at Elstow
  • 6:30pm Evensong
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

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