Elstow Abbey, Bedfordshire

Benedictine Nunnery

This minor Nunnery was founded in 1078 by Judith of Lens. The nave of the Church dates from this earliest structure. The Abbey was completed around 1126 when Henry I grants it a charter. The tower on the church is 15th Century and is virtually detached from the rest of the church.

Claustral buildings attached are 13th Century and have some great arcaded roofs. The more modern ruins to the left in the picture above are the remnants of Hillersden Hall, and early 17th Century building constructed not long after the Nunnery ceased to function.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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