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Description: Church of St Helen
Date Listed: 16 December 1964
English Heritage Building ID: 197121
OS Grid Reference: SK8742384514
OS Grid Coordinates: 487423, 384514
Latitude/Longitude: 53.3503, -0.6881
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SK 88 SE WILLINGHAM HIGH STREET
4/74 St. Helen
Parish church. Mid C12, late C17, 1880 by Brodrick and Smith.
Coursed limestone rubble, limestone ashlar. Plain tiled roofs
with stone coped gables, cross finials and decorative ridge
tiles. West tower, nave with south porch, rectangular chancel
with north vestry. C12 west tower re-modelled in C19, with
plinth, quoins, and small, pointed, very narrow west doorway to
left, with chamfered surround and plank door. Small lancet above
to the right with rectangular window immediately above. 2 string
courses above. 2 small rectangular staircase lights on north
side. Bell openings on all 4 sides, each with C19 pointed head
with 2 pointed cusped lights with lower cusped ogee tracery,
continuous hood moulds joined on all 4 sides by string course.
C19 moulded eaves with 8 gargoyles, battlements and 8 ornate
pinnacles. Plinth runs round nave and chancel. North side of
nave with blocked C12 doorway to west with round head, impost
blocks, chamfered jambs and hood mould. 3 C19 rectangular
windows to east in C19 wall, each with 2 cusped ogee headed
lights, hood mould with label stops. North vestry with 3 light
pointed window in north side, with reticulated tracery, hood
mould and label stops. East side with pointed doorway with
chamfered surround and plank door. East end of C19 chancel with
3 light pointed window with cusped 5 petalled mouchettes, hood
mould and label stops. South side of chancel with rectangular
windows each of 2 round headed lights with lower cusped ogee
tracery and rectangular hood mould and label stops. South side
of chancel with 2 rectangular windows each with2 ogee headed
cusped lights, rectangular hood mould and label stops. South
porch with squat angle buttresses, string course, north and south
small 2 light windows. Pointed south doorway re-using late C12
fragments with flanking columnar jambs, rich foliate capitals,
that to west C19. Hood mould. Porch interior with flanking
benches and pointed doorway with chamfered surround, hood mould,
foliate label stops and plank door. Beyond porch to west,
another C19 rectangular window with 2 cusped ogee headed lights,
hood mould and label stops. C19 interior tower arch with pointed
head with inner order corbelled out on large angels, outer order
chamfered; hood mould and foliate label stops. Irregularly
shaped tower interior with C12 pointed chamfered doorway leading
to stairs, with plank door. C17 round headed chancel arch with
impost blocks, hood mould and large round label stops. c19
;iumbry to north vestry with ornate corbels supporting wooden beam
and screen around organ. C19 wagon roofs. C19 aumbry in north
wall with ornate cusping, nook shafts, etc. cl7 chair with
ornate panelled back and arms. Ornate C19 altar rail. Several.
C14 square headed traceried bench ends. C12 drum font with small
pointed arches on coupled shafts. Monuments in tower include one
large marble monument to Elizabeth Dymok, died 1741, with
scrolls, flowers, winged cherubs and coats-of-arms. White marble
monument to Thomas Wells, died 1781, and family, with urn,
lilyheads and winged cherub.
Listing NGR: SK8742384514
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