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Church of St Helen

A Grade I Listed Building in Etwall, Derbyshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.8847 / 52°53'4"N

Longitude: -1.6019 / 1°36'6"W

OS Eastings: 426888

OS Northings: 331992

OS Grid: SK268319

Mapcode National: GBR 5CY.3V0

Mapcode Global: WHCFT.CRGC

Entry Name: Church of St Helen

Listing Date: 19 January 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1096573

English Heritage Legacy ID: 82614

Location: Etwall, South Derbyshire, Derbyshire, DE65

County: Derbyshire

District: South Derbyshire

Civil Parish: Etwall

Traditional County: Derbyshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Derbyshire

Church of England Parish: Etwall St Helen

Church of England Diocese: Derby

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Listing Text

SK 26/2731 PARISH OF ETWALL MAIN STREET
6/27 (West Side)
Church of
19.1.67 St Helen
GV I


Parish church. Late C12, C15, C16 and Cl7, restored and north
vestry added in early C19 and later restored in 1881 by
F J Robinson. Ashlar sandstone with stone dressings and low
pitched slate roofs with stone coped gables, partly hidden by
low unembattled flush parapets. Plinth with moulded copings to
tower, south side of nave and north aisle, also a plain eaves
band to south side of nave and chancel. Western tower, nave and
chancel with continuous north aisle chapel and vestry, and south
porch. C15 two stage tower has stepped diagonal buttresses to
eaves level to all corners and a 3-light four-centred arched
window in deep recess with returned hoodmould to west elevation.
Above is a small staircase window and in the second stage is a
2-light, louvred bell opening with cusped Y-tracery, set in deep
pointed surround with returned hoodmould. Similar bell openings
to other sides with clockface over eastern one. Above again, a
moulded stringcourse with central gargoyles and embattled
parapets with ridgeback copings. North aisle has flat headed
3-light C16 west window with four-centred arched lights, incised
spandrels and returned hoodmould, flanked to south by small
four-centred arched door and to north by clasping buttresses.
North elevation has a moulded four-centred arched doorcase with
incised spandrels and returned hoodmould to west, and to east,
two flat headed 3-light windows similar to west window of aisle.
Beyond, to east, a stepped buttress indicating the start of the
north chapel, which has two 3-light cavetto moulded, flat headed
windows with cusped lights set in deep cavetto moulded
surrounds, that to west partly blocked to base. Beyond again is
a C19 vestry with four-centred arched northern doorcase, similar
to western one, and a recessed and chamfered east window with
cusped iron tracery. East elevation of chancel has central
3-light cavetto moulded window with stepped four-centred arched
lights set in triangular headed recess, and gableted buttresses
to either corner. Above central window to either side are
single light recessed and chamfered Cl7 windows with
four-centred arched lights. South elevation of chancel has
three 2-light cavetto moulded mullion windows, again with
four-centred arched lights and incised spandrels, set in flat
headed cavetto moulded recesses, that to west lower than the
other two. Between the windows are two gableted buttresses and
to central section is a small chamfered four-centred arched door
with incised spandrels. Beyond, to west, the nave has two
3-light panel tracery windows in deep cavetto surrounds with
hoodmoulds, to either side of both are stepped buttresses. To
west is the 1882 south porch with moulded pointed doorcase,
flanked by diagonal buttresses and above the porch is a C17
recessed and chamfered clerestory window with leaded lights.
Inner doorcase is C12 with semi-circular head and has good
panelled Jacobean door with shell motif. Interior has three bay
north arcade, two western bays, C12 with semi-circular arches on
columns with scalloped capitals, eastern bay with tall double
chamfered pointed arch resting on C12 respond to east,. Chancel
arch is C19 and spans full width of chancel with soffit moulding
on columnar corbels, similar C19 arch through to north chapel
from aisle, and from chancel to north chapel. To east of the
latter is a lower, possibly early C19 four-centred arch, through
from chancel to chapel, acting as a canopy to the tomb of Sir
John Port, with cusped panelling to soffit and seat to west
side. Tower has a tall, double chamfered C15 arch, to south
side of which is a projecting staircase. All roofs are C19,
that to nave with pierced cusped panelling filling the trusses.
Nave pews, choir stalls, altar and reredos all early C20,
chancel furniture with cusped panelling. North chapel has
splendid set of 1635 stalls and pulpit, provided for the
almsmen. Seats have semi-circular headed panels with strapwork
friezes above. Pulpit in similar style dated 1635. To east end
of north chapel is a flat headed window with cusped lights,
through to the north vestry, which is in Strawberry Gothic
Style. It has ogee headed doors with flame finials to
architraves, foliage bosses to ribbed ceiling and Gothic Style
wall memorials to two of the Cotton family. Nave has white
marble octagonal pulpit with coloured marble columns and C15
octagonal font with C18 pine cover. Chancel has an unusual C13
stone lecturn built into the north wall and small arched
piscinas to either side of the altar. Numerous monuments,
including many to the Port family. To south side of chancel is
the tomb niche of Sir John Port who died 1557, which has brasses
to the family to the back of the flat-headed niche and finely
carved frieze above and base below. Adjacent to east is a
marble slab with incised Latin inscription of 1698 to Johannis
Jacton and to west is a similar slab set into the wall, with
incised figure of lord and lady with Latin inscription to edge,
dated 1503. To the north side of the chancel is a similar slab
with its brass missing, there are also two classical slate and
marble wall memorials, one to Mary Mainwaring of 1741 and the
other to Rebecca Beer of 1829. To the west, between the chancel
and chapel is the tomb of another Sir John Port, who died 1541.
His effigy, flanked by those of his wives are carved in sunken
relief leaving a raised border and central band across their
figures. The canopy (mentioned earlier) has carved ,spandrels,
embattled frieze over and painted coats of arms. In the north
chapel is another C16 marble slab set into the wall with Latin
inscription to edge, above this is an early C19 wall memorial
with relief arcade and scrolls within, to Elizabeth Cotton and
Joseph Green. There is another memorial to Cotton family in the
north aisle, which' has hawk crest to top. Both aisle and the
nave have several other slate and marble memorials, the most
notable being that to Jacob Cheetham of c1740, with flat obelisk
top and Latin inscription. Four undated hatchments above arcade
and one of 1805 over the tower arch, also a small painted
charity plaque to north of tower arch. Chapel has two painted
coats of arms in cartouches. Stained glass windows dill mid or
late C19, with the possible exception of shields in the windows
of the north chapel.


Listing NGR: SK2688931989

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