This archive contains a page on each of the following topics;
(Simply click on a title to go to that page.)
We are always seeking more documents, event programmes,
photographs, pictures or stories about Elstow.
So, if you have anything that you think might be of interest, do please contact Us.
Record of Additions / Changes
Here you can see what we have recently added or updated.
Coming in 2022: The Nirex Story and; 350 pages of illustrated history of Abbey school. (The latter is going to take me several months to scan!)
18th July - Article about Moot acquiring Bedford Gaol doors in History Misc. Article about unveiling Bunyan Birthplace stone
9th April - Some clarifications made to the paragraphs about the origins of the Elstow Bunyans and a new article; 'The Bunyans as landowners' added onto the Bunyan Family page
12th February - Article about Sir Samuel Luke added to 'People' section of Miscellaneous page
1st February - Updated Countess Judith's family tree in 'People' section of Miscellaneous page
12th March - On Bunyan Family page, 'Bunyan's birthplace' section updated & google map added.
21st February - Three newspaper articles re; Bunyan Mead restoration, added to 'Events' section of Miscellaneous page
19th February - New page; "Abbey School" created. Joyce Godber's "John Bunyan of Bedfordshire" added (as 2 pdfs) to John Bunyan Family section of JB page. Page and down-loadble files re-arranged into chronological order and a new 'Imprisonment' section created.
13th February - 2 documents: 'Inns' and 'Names for Elstow' added into 'Other Assorted pieces' on the Miscellaneous page. An article & photo item added into 'Lacemaking' section of Misc page.
12th February - Information added to the text of Bunyan Christian Fellowship article and a copy of BM's 1895 lease of Moot Hall added on the Miscellaneous page.
9th February - Article on the recent history of Bunyan's Mead, added into the 'Buildings' section on Miscellaneous page.
December 24th - "The life of Thomas Dun", 11th century criminal, to Miscellaneous page.
November 23rd - A very interesting article by Ellen Cox, in the People section, on the Miscellaneous page.
November 21st - new section, "Bunyan Memorial Hall /Elstow Christian Fellowship", added to the Miscellanious page
November 10th - Introductory paragraph added, including hyperlinks to webpages about Sir Thomas Keenes and Joseph Graham, to the Restoration of Moot hall. Plus some additional information about The Festival of Britain added to that page and also to the titles at the top of this page.
February 22nd - Booklet "Excavations at Elstow Abbey 1965-70 to The Abbey page
December 29th - a few minor notes and links added to the Miscellaneous page.
November 2nd - "A Story of Elstow" by Joy Cooper-Watson into the Lace-making section on the Miscellaneous page.
August 20th - Bunyan's tomb; information, leaflet and location map added to John Bunyan page
April 18th - images added to foot of Bunyan page
21st October -Ground plans of the Abbey added.
15th October - new and revised documents about Moot Hall restoration and opening added.
September - Added documents about Countess Judith (the founder of Elstow Abbey), her husband the Saxon Earl Waltheof and her family tree.
April - John Bunyan's Birthplace and The Bunyan Trail information moved, to the Bunyan Family page
January 2019- Began building the Elstow Local History Archive.