Description: Church of St Helen
Date Listed: 24 June 1987
English Heritage Building ID: 249809
OS Grid Reference: SP4675200403
OS Grid Coordinates: 446752, 200403
Latitude/Longitude: 51.7004, -1.3249
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ST.HELEN WITHOUT DRY SANDFORD
16/132 Church of St. Helen
Church. 1855, by J.B. Clacy. Coursed and dressed limestone (highly ferruginous
and ruddy coloured) with buff-coloured ashlar dressings. Stone-coped gables to
stone slate roof. Chancel with north vestry, and nave with north chapel. Early
English style. Apsidal east end has hood moulds over 5 trefoil-headed lancets:
2-bay chancel has similar lancets and moulded trefoil-arched south door: vestry,
which has 2-light window, pointed-arched door and 2-light geometrical-style
gable-end window, adjoins short stair turret with broached pyramidal cap.
Bellcote at east end of nave. 5-bay nave has plain lancets (paired in east bay)
divided by offset buttresses: south porch has pointed moulded doors, with
engaged shafts on outer door, and 3-light trefoil-headed side windows. 3-light
stepped lancet west window. All windows have hood moulds with ballflower stops.
Interior: vault in apsidal sanctuary has groins continued as shafts with
ballflower capitals. Double-chamfered sanctuary arch has similar engaged shafts
with ballflower capitals. Chancel: hood moulds over rere-arches with bell
capitals to engaged shafts. Poppyhead bench ends. Oak screen to vestry has
trefoil-headed arches divided by ringed shafts with bell capitals and trefoiled
spandrels. Steps from vestry through trefoil-arched door to pulpit facing nave:
stone canopy above square C13-style richly-carved pulpit with marble corner
shafts. Reader's desk has circular rail of C13-style trefoil-headed arches. Roof
has enamelled text plates.
(Buildings of England: Berkshire, p.130).
Listing NGR: SP4675200403
Source: English Heritage
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