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Church of St Helen, Skeffling

Description: Church of St Helen

Grade: I
Date Listed: 16 December 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 166614

OS Grid Reference: TA3707719050
OS Grid Coordinates: 537077, 419050
Latitude/Longitude: 53.6500, 0.0725

Location: Church Road, Skeffling, East Riding of Yorkshire HU12 0UX

Locality: Skeffling
County: East Riding of Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: HU12 0UX

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Listing Text

TA 31 NE
(east side)
12/72 Church of St Helen

Parish church. 1460s, with C19 porch and roofs; C20 restorations, the most
recent in 1984-5. Random and roughly-coursed cobbles with limestone ashlar
dressings; sandstone ashlar parapet to nave. Red brick porch with pantile
roof, lead roofs to remainder. West tower, 4-bay aisled nave with south
porch, 3-bay chancel. 2-stage tower: moulded plinth, diagonal buttresses
with offsets, quoins to top section; tall first stage with 4-centred-arched
3-light west window with Perpendicular tracery and hoodmould, stair lighting
slits to south-west angle, moulded string course; 4-centred-arched 2-light
trefoiled belfry openings with incised spandrels; moulded string course,
coped embattled parapet with truncated pinnacle shafts. Buttresses with
ashlar quoins and offsets to aisles and chancel. Aisles and clerestory have
square-headed 2- and 3-light cinquefoiled windows with incised spandrels;
plain square-headed west window to south aisle, pointed chamfered arch to
north aisle with plain board door containing ogee-headed wicket. Chancel:
diagonal and mid buttresses, Tudor-arched chamfered door, similar square-
headed 2- and 3-light windows to south side; segmental-headed 2-light window
and blocked opening to north side, 4-centred arched 3-light cinquefoiled
east window. Moulded string course throughout, with single carved head
spout to south aisle; original coped parapet to aisles and chancel, plain
restored parapet to nave. Porch: round-headed outer arch with raised brick
imposts, brick-coped gable. Pointed moulded inner arch with hoodmould,
plain board door with round-headed wicket. Interior. Arcades of pointed
double-chamfered arches on octagonal piers with moulded capitals and bases,
the responds with finely-carved corbels supporting short octagonal wall
shafts: angels holding shields to east responds, lion's head and squatting
woman to west. Tall pointed double-chamfered tower arch on octagonal
responds with moulded capitals and bases. Pointed double-chamfered chancel
arch dying into octagonal responds with plain moulded bases. Chancel has
plain triple sedilia with chamfered ogee arches, small square aumbry. C19
roofs, that to chancel with moulded beams and carved bosses; pair of
original carved head and foliate roof bosses hung on chancel arch.
Monuments in chancel: C15 floor slab with black-letter border inscription;
pair of C18 floor slabs to Holme family; wall monument to John and Dinah
Holme of c1749, with marble tablet in scrolled ashlar surround supporting
entablature with winged cherub's head and dentilled open pediment with
flaming lamps and arms in cartouche; 3 standing marble wall monuments: to
Rev John Holme of 1775, to Henry Holme of 1778, and to Margaret Reaston of
1781, the latter (and possibly others) by Rushworth of Beverley, all with
tablets surmounted by urns and with obelisk bases, the later pair also with
carved arms and palm fronds. Marble tablet in nave (not in situ) to Edward
and Elizabeth Bee of 1762. C15 octagonal font with plain moulded bowl and
column with broach stops. Pair of C18 fielded-panel box-pews to west end of
nave; remainder of fittings C19. The arcades are similar to those at the
contemporary Church of St Nicholas, Withernsea (qv). N Pevsner, The
Buildings of England: Yorkshire, East Riding, 1972, p 339; Victoria County
History: York, East Riding, vol 5, 1984, p 134.

Listing NGR: TA3707919050

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Source: English Heritage

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