St John the Baptist church, Bedford
St John the Baptist
The church is more notable for its literary associations than any archiectural significance. It was here in 1653 that John Bunyan received his spiritual awakening. The Independent Bedford Gospel Church under the leadership of Rector John Gifford met in St. John's.
Gifford was an interesting character - a bit of a hell-raiser in his youth, he found religion and cleaned up his life. His conversations with Bunyan led the latter to his own conversion. They often met in the rectory, which still stands near the church.
Bunyan became a leading supported of Gifford, and when the rector died, Bunyan was chosen to replace him as preacher. It was in this role that Bunyan raised the ire of the authorities. He was eventually arrested and tossed in gaol for 12 years, there to write his masterwork, Pilgrim's Progress.

Related:
John Bunyan biography


Bedfordshire Churches
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About St. John Bedford
Address: St. John's Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, MK42 0DL
Attraction Type: Historic Church
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OS: TL051 491
Photo Credit: Thomas Nugent, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence


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