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Church of St Helen, Saint Helens

Description: Church of St Helen

Grade: II
Date Listed: 11 September 1951
English Heritage Building ID: 216360

OS Grid Reference: SJ5128995238
OS Grid Coordinates: 351289, 395238
Latitude/Longitude: 53.4516, -2.7349

Locality: Saint Helens
County: St Helens
Country: England
Postcode: WA10 1AJ

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Listing Text

(south side)

4/70 Church of
Saint Helen
- II

Church. 1916-26. W.D. Caroe. Brick with stone dressings,
slate roof. Single vessel nave and chancel,aisles under
lean-to roofs, north east tower and chapel, south vestry.
West end has narthex and flanking turrets; 4 pointed
entrances in segmental headed architraves, quatrefoil
panelling above. Flying buttresses support nave, which has
5-light window with Perpendicular tracery. Low passages
with windows of 3 ogee-headed lights connect with square
embattled turrets with 2-light windows. Aisles have canted
buttresses and 3-light Perpendicular windows, clerestory
also has 3-light windows. Chancel has slightly canted east
end with 2;3;2-light windows with transoms. Tower has
diagonal buttresses and smaller side buttresses. Segmental
arches support gallery below paired 2-light straight-headed
bell openings. Plain parapet and square south east stair
turret. North face has 4-light window cut by buttress, base
of tower forms west bay of chapel, east bay has 4-light east
window. To west of tower, a gabled porch and transept.
Interior: 5-bay arcades with 4-centred arches has taller
blind arcades enclosing clerestory windows. Aisles have
elliptical-arched arcades to passages. West end has arches
to narthex passages and open octofoils to turrets.
Octagonal font with Classical font cover. Chancel has good
woodwork: choir stalls, reredos and parclose screens
designed by Caroe. Organ loft in tower and 2-bay minstrels'
gallery to south. The church shows imaginative use of brick
work; the tower is an important local landmark.

Listing NGR: SJ5128995238

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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