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Description: Former Parish Church of St Helen
Date Listed: 30 January 1986
English Heritage Building ID: 238323
OS Grid Reference: NZ1543694363
OS Grid Coordinates: 415436, 594363
Latitude/Longitude: 55.2432, -1.7588
NZ 19 SE NZ 154944
6/85 Former parish church
of St. Helen
Parish church on medieval site, rebuilt 1783. Chancel 1798, vestry early C19.
Ashlar except for squared stone on north; slate roof with stone gable copings.
Broad nave with south porch, chancel with vestry on north. Gothick style.
Chamfered plinth. West end 20-pane sash window with intersecting glazing bars
under pointed head, flanked by blind lancets; sunk quatrefoil over. Embattled
bellcote has twin pointed openings on east and west and single blind pointed
arches north and south. South wall of nave: plain doorway at west end under
porch (front wall of porch removed to the present parish church 1982) and 3
sash windows as on west; 3 similar windows on north of nave, 2 on south of
chancel and one in east end. Priest's door between chancel windows has blocked
fanlight with intersecting ribs. Vestry has square plinth and 16-pane sash window.
Interior; trefoiled chancel arch outlined by raised balls with panelled soffit
and spandrels, the latter with crude foliage design, possibly early C20. Panelled
dado. Most fittings removed. The ground plan with the asymmetric layout of the
nave (c.f. Middleton St. George, Co. Durham) suggests that the south and west
nave walls, and possibly those of the chancel, lie on medieval foundations.
Church last used 1966, derelict at time of survey.
Listing NGR: NZ1543694363
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Source: English Heritage
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