Bedfordshire Churches

This page All Saints, Leighton Buzzard - Eaton Bray, St Mary the Virgin Church

Bedfordshire churches have been unfavourably compared to their neighbours in Northamptonshire, but this is probably a "bad rap"; Bedfordshire has a lot to offer afficionados of church architecture.

There really isn't such a thing as a "typical" Bedfordshire church; in the south many are built of flint, but the most common material is ironstone (carstone), which imparts a dark, sometimes grim look.

Anglo-Saxon work has survived in several churches, notably Turvey and St. Peter's, Bedford. Excellent early Norman monastic churches survive at Dunstable and Elstow. Several much later buildings are worth noting, such as the thatched Congregational church at Roxton, and Victorian Gothic structures at Woburn and Turvey.

Finally, it is impossible to speak of Bedfordshire churches without mentioning John Bunyan, who received his spiritual "wake-up call" at St. Paul's. Bedford, and regularly attended Elstow church where he delighted in ringing the bells.











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Meppershall (Self catering)
Dolly, Meppershall

Dolly

This detached, modern studio cottage is in the village of Meppershall in Bedfordshire and sleeps up to 4 people.
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Shortmead Cottage

This detached cottage situated on the owner's estate is one mile from the market town of Biggleswade and sleeps four people in two bedrooms.
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The Barns Hotel

The Barns Hotel

Built around a 13th century tithe barn and a 17th century manor house, the hotel stands in 3.5 acres of landscaped gardens on the banks of the River Great Ouse and still retains the character of the original beamed and timbered buildings. Dine in the Anglers restaurant overlooking the river … more >>

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The Bedford Swan Hotel

The Bedford Swan Hotel

The Bedford Swan Hotel in Bedford is a delightful 18th century hotel located in the centre of Bedford, only a few miles from Luton Airport, and only an hour drive from the university towns of Oxford and Cambridge and central London is only 40 minutes by train.This elegant hotel, built … more >>

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