St Mary & St Helena, Elstow, Bedfordshire, England
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member The_Senior_Crabbes
N 52° 06.054 W 000° 28.010
30U E 673498 N 5775288
Quick Description: Abbey Church of St Mary & St Helena, Elstow
Location: Southern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/9/2015 7:14:27 AM
Waymark Code: WMP6DP
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
The Church is particularly interesting as it is one of the very few examples where the tower/spire is actually detached from the main body of the Church.

From their website :- Elstow Abbey was founded in 1078 by the Countess Judith, niece of William the Conqueror. It became one of the richer of the 106 Benedictine nunneries existing at the time and in its hey-day, in the fourteenth century, the building was twice its present size. The end of the Abbey came in 1539, as part of the dissolution of the monasteries.

By the time of Elizabeth I, the church itself had been reduced to its present dimensions, becoming the parish church of the village. The six Norman arches that still remain from the original building remind us of the Abbey’s long history of Christian worship.
Building Materials: Stone

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