History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Medieval Moot Hall and a wonderful abbey church.
Beside the church are the remains of Elstow Place and Hillersden Mansion, a 17th century manor house built by Thomas Hillersden out of the monastic cloister range. Not much is left of the house now, beyond siome wonderfully atmospheric walls and arches.
Further along High Street is the Red Lion pub, another attractive period property, and the Old School, which moved here from the Moot Hall in 1873. But the most historically interesting site on High Street is scarcely there; it is the site of Bunyan Cottage, where the poet lived after he left the army and got married. Only a plaque, half covered by encroaching plants when I visited, now marks the spot.
Elstow is a small place, a backwater, almost but not quite swallowed by the expanding city of Bedford. There is a wonderful sense of timelessness here, and you can imagine, just for a moment, the young John Bunyan trudging along on his daily round, playing on the village green, and worshipping in the abbey church. Its a slice of history, blessedly preserved.
Address: Elstow, Bedfordshire, England
Attraction Type: Village
Location: Just north of the A6/A421 junction, or off the A5134. There is parking along the village green, near the Moot Hall. If you are feeling energetic you can walk from the centre of Bedford, about 1 mile to the north.
OS: TL052 465
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Elstow Moot Hall - 0.6 miles (Museum)
Elstow Abbey - 0.6 miles (Abbey)
Bedford, St John the Baptist Church - 1.7 miles (Historic Church)
Bedford, St Mary's Church - 1.8 miles (Historic Church)
Bedford, St. Paul Church - 1.9 miles (Historic Church)
Bedford Castle - 2 miles (Castle)
Higgins Art Gallery & Museum - 2 miles (Museum)
St. Peter de Merton - 2.5 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Elstow:
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