Elstow Abbey and Green : October-November
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 and Green in August
Elstow Abbey from the West
Elstow Abbey west end pathway from gate
For information about St Michael's Church, Bedford (part of the Elstow Benefice) please see:
Elstow Abbey May Festival 2016
See Picture Gallery for more photos of the event
For further information on our regular services and community activities, please use the following document links:
- Elstow Abbey - general information, regular services and events and main contacts
The report provides a detailed current record of the many community and outreach activities and groups at Elstow Abbey
as of April 2016 .
The full document can be viewed/downloaded using the link below (a 'PDF' file).
Report to the Annual Parocial Church Meeting - April 2016
APCM Reports on Church Activities and Groups - April 2016