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Elstow Abbey in Autumn
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 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
Elstow Abbey and Green in August


Forthcoming and Recent Events

Pilgrims' Praise Advent Angels - 2017
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Remembrance Sunday - 2017
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Cardington Talk
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Faure's Requiem
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KMS - October 28th 2017
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  • Sunday, October 15th 2017 at 6.00pm Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong - October 15th 2017
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For the full calendar of events at Elstow Abbey, please look at the 'Google' on-line calendar via the link below

Google calendar for Elstow Abbey

Regular Sunday Worship at Elstow Abbey

  • 10.00am Holy Communion and Sunday school

    (4th Sunday Contemporary All-Age Worship)

  • 11.30am Mattins (Book of Common Prayer)

  • 6.30pm Evensong

    (4th Sunday - Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer) )

Regular Weekday Activities

  • Monday 10.00am Mothers and Toddlers (term time only)

    2.30pm Prayer Group

  • Tuesday 6.30pm Elstow Abbey Youth Group (term time only)

  • Wednesday 11.00am Coffee and soup

  • Thursday 11.00am Holy Communion

  • Friday 8.00pm Bell Ringing

  • Saturday 9.30am Iona Morning Prayer - Fr Paul Messam

  • 10.00am Open Church to book Weddings, Baptisms and general enquiries as well as for prayer.

Other events at Elstow Abbey throughout this year

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  • St George's Day Choral Eucharist - April 21st
  • Sunday, April 30th
    An evening service of Taizé worship - Prayer, Song and Contemplation
  • Saturday, May 6th
    Elstow May Festival with maypole dancing, craft fair, stalls, food and entertainment.
  • Sunday, May 21st
    Feast of St Helena
  • Monday, May 29th to Saturday, June 3rd - 'Thy Kingdom Come' - A Silent Eucharist
  • The Day of Pentecost - Sunday, June 4th 2017 (Whit Sunday)
  • Elstow Pilgrim Course
    Elstow Pilgrim Course

  • Elstow Abbey Holiday Club Elstow Abbey Holiday Club - Summer 2017
    Elstow Holiday Club for Children - Summer 2017
    'Rock around the Cross'

  • Wedding Event at Elstow Abbey

    Wedding Show and Open Day at Elstow Abbey
    September 2nd 2017
    11.00 am to 3.00pm

  • Pilgrimage to Norwich

    Elstow Day Pilgrimage to Norwich
    Tuesday, August 29th 2017

    More about the one-day pilgrimage to Norwich

  • Harvest Appeal - 2017

    Harvest Festival at Elstow Abbey, Sunday, September 24th in conjunction with the St Alban's Diocese Harvest Appeal for 2017

    Read more about the Harvest Appeal for 2017

  • Pilgrim's Praise

    Pilgrims' Praise at Elstow Abbey - Crafts, Games, Singing, Worship and Food
    A service of all-age interactive worship that supported the Water Aid charity

    Read more about Water Aid -

    Fireworks at Elstow Abbey

    Saturday, November 4th at 6pm

  • Firework Night

    All are welcome. Please come - and bring a firework if you are able to.
    Refreshments available

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    Music at Elstow Abbey

    Thursday, December 14th 2017 at 7.30pm

    EBCC Concert
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