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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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Elstow Abbey in August
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Sunday Services
January 2015

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

January 4th 2015 - Epiphany

  • 10.00am Holy Communion + Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 11.20am Mattins
  • 6.30pm Evensong
Janaury 11th - First Sunday of Epiphany (The Baptism of Christ)
  • 10.00am Holy Communion + Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s / or 10.30am London Road Covenant Service (tbc)
  • 11.20am Mattins (Group)
  • 6.30pm Evensong
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Sunday January 18th – Sunday, January 25th 2015

See weekly bulletin for further details

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Sunday January 18th - Second Sunday of Epiphany

  • 10.00am Holy Communion + Sunday School
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 11.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s Cardington
  • 11.20am Mattins
  • 6.30pm Evensong + Holy Communion
Sunday, January 25th - Third Sunday of Epiphany
  • No morning service at Elstow Abbey
  • 11.00am Joint service at Elstow Bunyan Christian Fellowship
  • 10.15am Holy Communion at St Michael’s
  • 6.00pm All Bedford Churches Together Evening Service at Elstow Abbey


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January 11th - 23rd 2015

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