St John's Church was built
for Mrs Elizabeth Dawkins as a memorial to her husband, the Rev'd
Edward Henry Dawkins who died in 1859. They had bought Moggerhanger
House two years previously and lived there with their son and
two daughters. The Consecration of the Church took place on Tuesday
31st July 1860.
There are services every Sunday and the Church building itself is used by the community as a meeting place and shop.
The shop is run by volunteers and is open Monday to Saturday mornings (10:00 - 12:00am). Other events such as craft fairs and coffee mornings are held here too.
An extract from the Bedford Times
'This beautiful little church does great credit
to the architect, Mr Slater of London and to Mr Coquest of Kempston,
the builder. It is in the early Norman style, of Kempston stone
elegantly varied with red sandstone from the quarries at Silsoe. The
carving of the capitals and the font are exquisite and the marble floor
and the painted windows in the chancel are very rich.
Mrs Dawkins has
given a large burial ground fenced by a handsome stone wall and is
building an excellent parsonage adjoining and she has endowed the
living with £60 a year to which £40 a year is added
from the revenues from the mother church at Blunham. The internal
fittings and decorations are all in excellent taste. The vestry, belfry
and tower are thoroughly handsome and substantial'.