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The Moot Hall & Village Green
Reviewed August 19, 2015

Moot halls were normally assembly rooms where local citizens met to discuss and debate local issues, and that at Elstow, Bedfordshire, did eventually become something of the kind. But when it was built (in the fifteenth century) its purpose was to house several shops which serviced both the nearby abbey and the fair which came to town twice yearly. John Bunyan was born in the parish of Elstow and his Pilgrim's Protest used this market as the inspiration for Vanity Fair. The moot hall contains lots of Bunyan-related artefacts including the doors of the Bedford town and county jails in which Bunyan was imprisoned.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed August 15, 2015

Standing near the church and old Abbey on a green, this moot hall is well worth a visit to experience the atmosphere of a genuine Bedfordshire village. It stll retains much of the historic charm which is embedded in these old buildings whilst still being recognizable for the task for which it was built. Well worth a visit to explore the village of Bunyan,s birth. Although Bunyan's cottage was demolished it is still possible to visit where it stood.

Date of experience: July 2015
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