Bedfordshire Churches

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.

Attraction search

English Heritage Overseas Visitor Pass

Enjoy unlimited FREE entry to over 100 historic sites including castles, abbeys, Roman ruins and prehistoric monuments. Choose from 9 or 16 consecutive day passes.

Buy Your London Visitor Oyster Card

The best way to get around London! A pay-as-you-go smartcard for use on all London Transport, from the Underground to buses. Pre-order for your trip from the British Tourist Authority.


Name the Historic attraction

Name the mystery historic attraction
See larger image

British History Quiz

The 'rough wooing' described what action by Henry VIII?


This Day in British History

24 March, 1603

Death of Elizabeth I

Elizabeth's death at Richmond Palace led to the succession of James VI of Scotland as James I of England

Monarch Mayhem

The Merciless Parliament of 1388 attempted to curb the excesses of this monarch


Biggleswade (Self catering)
Shortmead Cottage, Biggleswade

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.
Sleeps 4

More cottages in Bedfordshire >>

Meppershall (Self catering)
Dolly, Meppershall


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

More cottages in Bedfordshire >>

Luton (Hotel)
Luton Hoo Hotel Golf And Spa

Luton Hoo Hotel Golf And Spa

Luton Hoo Hotel Golf and Spa is a magnificent 5 hotel surrounded by over 1000 acres of glorious parkland meadows woodlands lakes rivers and nature trails and offers fine dining luxurious accommodation and superb leisure facilities. Luton Hoo enjoys a beautiful rural setting. The … more >>

More hotels in Bedfordshire >>

Bedford (Hotel)
The Barns Hotel

The Barns Hotel

Situated in a beautiful riverside location within three and a half acres of landscaped gardens with free Wi-Fi parking and the wonderful WineGlass Restaurant The Barns Hotel is ideally located just 10 miles from the M1 and 8 miles from the A1. The tranquil setting of the hotel offers … more >>

More hotels in Bedfordshire >>

Passionate about British Heritage!