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Description: Church of St Helen
Date Listed: 18 March 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 191301
OS Grid Reference: SP6581591781
OS Grid Coordinates: 465815, 291781
Latitude/Longitude: 52.5199, -1.0315
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SP 69 SE MAIN STREET (South East Side)
2/80 Church of St. Helen
Parish Church. Fabric of C13 to C14, the detail the result of a restoration
in 1872-3. Ironstone rubble with limestone ashlar dressings and Welsh slate
roofs. West tower nave with clerestory and chancel. Late C13 4 stage west
tower: second and third stages are of banded ironstone and limestone. Paired
foiled lights to bell chamber. Embattled parapet with gargoyles. West doorway
with continuous moulding and 2-light Decorated window above with re-cut
tracery. Victorian style doorway in aisle of cobble stone construction, and
Victorian tracery in a bland Decorated style to windows. Priests doorway in
tall chancel in Decorated style though the 4-light east window is in the
Perpendicular style. However the jambs of a medieval window are still visible
in the east wall. North doorway is C14: shafts and richly moulded arch,
flanked by tall Victorian statues contained in a Victorian gabled porch.
Inside, the tall west tower arch has continuous double chamfering. The arcades
appear to be late C13: clustered shafts support double chamfered arches. The
chancel arch is of 1872/3, short shafts are supported by angels as corbels.
Inside, the chancel is almost entirely Victorian in detail but the piscina
is C14 with fleurons to the cusped arch, and there is a worn probably C17
alabaster tomb slab with an incised figure. Medieval font: a plain octagonal
basin on a chamfered Victorian base.
Listing NGR: SP6581591781
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Source: English Heritage
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