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Description: Church of St Helen
Date Listed: 4 January 1950
English Heritage Building ID: 199492
OS Grid Reference: TQ3320481285
OS Grid Coordinates: 533204, 181285
Latitude/Longitude: 51.5148, -0.0817
GREAT ST HELEN'S EC3
Church of St Helen
C13 with C14 addition and C15 remodelling. 2 aisles (Northern one formerly used
by priory) separated by C15 arcade with 2 earlier arches between chancel and former
nuns' choir. No chancel arch. South transept and C14 chapel to east of it. Walls
of rubble partly rendered and much repaired especially to north and east. Some
ashlar facing and some brick. Battlements with low gables to east and west. Windows
largely C15 but blocked lancets in north wall and west wall of transept. Lead
covered roofs except to south-east arm which has C19 hipped, slated roof with timber-
'gothic' tracery to large dormers. C15 and C14 west doorways latter with decorated
mid C17 doors. Elaborate round arched and pedimented south doorway dated 1633.
Old rain water heads. Roof timbers (tie beam construction) partly original except
to south-east arm. Modest, timber west tower, brought down inside church, with
rusticated clock stage, arched belfry and open lantern with shaped, lead covered
roof and weather vane. Interior remarkable for fittings, especially monuments,
some from demolished Church of St Martin, Outwich. 2 mid C17 internal porches.
Early C17 pulpit with tester and C16 stairs. C15 choir stalls, Late C17 sword
rest of carved wood and another of wrought iron. Mid C17 font and cover. C17
heraldic glass in window on north side. Early/mid C18 organ case. C19 pavement
of marble and tiles in chancel. Monuments include a number of brasses and the
following:- Sir John Oteswich and wife, late Cl4, Sir John Crosby and wife, 1476.
Sir William Pickering, died 1574. Sir Thomas Gresham, died 1579. Sir John Spenser,
died 1609. Plus many more.
Listing NGR: TQ3320481285
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Source: English Heritage
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