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Church of St Helen, Sefton

Description: Church of St Helen

Grade: I
Date Listed: 11 October 1968
English Heritage Building ID: 216524

OS Grid Reference: SD3568301295
OS Grid Coordinates: 335683, 401295
Latitude/Longitude: 53.5044, -2.9712

Location: Sefton Mill Lane, Sefton L29 6YB

Locality: Sefton
County: Sefton
Country: England
Postcode: L29 6YB

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Listing Text

SD 30 SE
(north side)
7/127 Church of
St. Helen
G.V. I
Church. West tower and east bay of north chapel early C14.
West bay of north chapel C15. Single vessel nave and
chancel, north and south aisles, south porch and east vestry
c.1535-40. West tower has diagonal buttresses, cornice and
parapet with gargoyles. 2-light west window has reticulated
tracery, similar louvred bell openings. Recessed spire has
round lucarnes, pinnacles are beehive shaped probably C17 or
later. North aisle has coped parapet; windows of 3 lights
with uncusped Perpendicular tracery. North chapel has
square-headed 3-light windows with reticulated tracery;
western window has cusped Perpendicular tracery. South
aisle and chapel have embattled parapet, windows as North
aisle but of 4 lights with transom. Clerestory has
embattled parapet and round-headed windows with intersecting
tracery. Chancel has 4-light, 2-transom north and south
windows; east window has tracery of c.1870, 5 lights and one
transom; parapet and pinnacles. East vestry has north
extension of 1915. South porch of 2 storeys; 4-centred
entrance arch, 4-light mullioned window above; embattled
parapet and pinnacles, central statue. Interior: triple
chamfered tower arch. 4-bay nave arcade has early C17 texts
painted on spandrels; 2-bay arcade to chancel. Roofs have
moulded beams and bosses. Rood screens and chapel screens
have rich decoration combining Gothic and Renaissance
motifs, coving to both sides. Similar parclose screens and
Blundell and Sefton pews. Choir stall and bench ends have
rich carving. Pulpit dated 1635, has back board and tester,
rich arabesque carving, later stair rail. C15 font with
cover dated 1688, 3 brass chandeliers, 1773. Chancel
panelling with Ionic pilastrade, c.1730. Sedillia and
piscina, ogee-headed cupboard. North chapel has double
piscina, some early C16 stained glass fragments to south
windows. Several monuments and 2 memorial brasses dating
from late C13. Reference: Victoria County History for
Lancashire, Vol. III.

Listing NGR: SD3568401296

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Source: English Heritage

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