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Church of St Helen, Kelloe

Description: Church of St Helen

Grade: I
Date Listed: 10 May 1967
English Heritage Building ID: 109957

OS Grid Reference: NZ3450936542
OS Grid Coordinates: 434509, 536542
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7227, -1.4657

Location: Kelloe, Durham DH6 4PT

Locality: Kelloe
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DH6 4PT

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Listing Text

NZ 33 NW
(South side)
7/76 Church of
10/5/67 St. Helen
Parish church. C11 tower and nave; C13 chancel largely rebuilt 1854 and
refitted 1901 by W.S. Hicks; Thornley Porch (Chantry Chapel) founded 1347,
restored 1691 and converted to organ-chamber in late C19; late C18 vestry and
early C19 porch. Dressed stone chancel, coursed rubble elsewhere; Welsh slate
roofs. West tower, aisleless nave with south porch and north organ chamber,
chancel with north vestry. Windows mainly renewed in C19, some with Geometrical
and Decorated tracery.
3-stage tower has massive stepped buttress and C18 diamond sundial on south
and small round-headed belfry windows on each face. Long 3-bay nave: herringbone
masonry in west end; 3 identical buttresses on south; in porch a round-arched
south doorway of 2 worn orders on block capitals with shafts missing; 2 small
blocked windows above porch and 2 C19 windows to east; blocked pointed window
above similar north door; steeply-pitched roof. Long 2-bay chancel with C19
buttresses; C19 windows except for an original lancet on both north and south;
diagonally-buttressed east end has restored 3-light window with Decorated
tracery; steeply-pitched roof with coped east gable. Small gabled porch.
Organ chamber incorporates medieval plinth and masonry from Thornley porch.
Vestry has pointed sash window.
Interior: pointed, double-chamfered partly-restored tower and chancel arches.
Plastered nave with C19 barrel roof has Charles II Arms above tower arch, C18
circular stone font bowl and 1897 plaque to Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-
61, who was baptised in the church). Chancel has 1901 barrel roof, panelling
and reredos by W.S. Hicks, 2 medieval grave slabs in sanctuary, and elaborate
unfinished aedicular wall monument of 1712 by Henry Porter. The St. Helena
Cross, on north chancel wall, is a richly-carved, probably C12 stone cross
with 3 panels illustrating the legend of the Invention of the True Cross with
associated saints Helena and Constantine.
(J.T. Lang , "The St. Helena Cross, Church Kelloe", Archaeologia Aeliana, 5th
Series, Vol. 5, 1977).

Listing NGR: NZ3451236542

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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