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Elstow Index of Pages

The following pages are designed to give a brief history of some aspects of the community. They are certainly not intended to be exhaustive and more work could be done, for example, on the interesting buildings with reference to census returns, electoral registers and name searches for owners and/or occupiers amongst our other archives, or on churches with reference to the parish records. We hope that reading these pages will encourage you to do more research of your own. If you find additional information on any of the pages below or, indeed, information on aspects of the community not covered here, we would love to hear from you and could publish your research here, giving credit, of course, where it is due!


The Parish of Elstow in General

Elstow Maps

John Bunyan

Joseph Bramwell Graham

A Ramble in Elstow in 1879

Elstow Before 1086

Elstow in Prehistory

Elstow in the Romano-British Period

Elstow in the Dark Ages

An Anglo-Saxon Cross Shaft from Elstow

The Middle Ages

Elstow in 1086

A Medieval Fatal Accident in Elstow

The Killing of a Thief in Elstow


The Manor of Elstow

The Manor of Elstow Medbury

The Established Church

Elstow Abbey

The Abbesses of Elstow

Elstow Church Architecture

Elstow Church Alterations and Additions

List of Elstow Vicars

Elstow Vicarages


Registration and Early References in Elstow

The Bunyan Meeting, Elstow

Methodism in Elstow

Quakers in Elstow


Early Education in Elstow

Elstow School

Elstow School in 1904

Abbey Middle School Elstow

The Bedfordshire Middle Class Public School

Sources for Education in Elstow

Interesting Buildings

Church End

208 and 210 Church End, Elstow

Hillersden Mansion, Elstow

Elstow Moot Hall

Bunyan's Mead

1 to 11 Bunyan's Mead, Elstow

12 to 17 Bunyan's Mead, Elstow

19 and 20 Bunyan's Mead, Elstow

28 Bunyan's Mead, Elstow

High Street

170 and 171 High Street, Elstow

172 High Street, Elstow

173 High Street, Elstow

174 High Street, Elstow

204 High Street, Elstow

205 High Street, Elstow

206 High Street, Elstow

Saint Helena, Elstow

Bunyan's Cottage, Elstow

West End Lane

215 and 216 West End Lane, Elstow

Wilstead Road

193 Wilstead Road, Elstow

Merrick Cottage - 194 and 195 Wilstead Road, Elstow

199 and 200 Wilstead Road, Elstow

Acacia Cottage - 202 and 203 Wilstead Road, Elstow

Village Farm, Elstow

Lynn Farm, Elstow

Licensed Premises

The Katherine Wheel Inn, Elstow

The Chequer Inn, Elstow

The Cock Inn, Elstow

The Red Lion Public House, Elstow

The Saracens Head Inn, Elstow

The Sugar Loaf Inn, Elstow

The Swan Public House, Elstow