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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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Epiphany - January 6th 2018
Epiphany - January 6th 2018

Elstow Abbey in Winter
Elstow Abbey in the snow

Elstow Abbey in August
Elstow Abbey and Green in August


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

    (On the 4th Sunday of each month this is a contemporary all-age worship service)

  • 11.30am Mattins (Book of Common Prayer)

  • 6.30pm Evensong

    This service is now held on alternate Sundays. Please see Elstow Abbey's Google Calendar for dates (link at the bottom of this page).

Elstow Abbey - interior
Elstow Abbey - the nave

Regular Weekday Activities

  • Mondays
    10.00am Mothers and Toddlers (term time only)
    2.30pm Prayer Group
    7.30pm Choir Practice

  • Tuesdays
    10.00am Little Pilgrims
    6.30pm Elstow Abbey Youth Group (term time only)

  • Wednesdays
    11.0am Holy Communion
    11.30am 'Soup and Natter'
    2.00pm Bible Study

  • Fridays
    8.00pm Bell Ringing

  • Saturdays
    9.30am Iona Morning Prayer - Fr Paul Messam
    10.00am Open Church to book Weddings, Baptisms and general enquiries as well as for prayer.

Elstow Abbey in Winter
Elstow Abbey with Christmas Tree

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