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Church of St Helen, Stillingfleet

Description: Church of St Helen

Grade: I
Date Listed: 17 November 1966
English Heritage Building ID: 326225

OS Grid Reference: SE5932541003
OS Grid Coordinates: 459325, 441003
Latitude/Longitude: 53.8619, -1.0994

Location: York Road, Stillingfleet, North Yorkshire YO19 6SU

Locality: Stillingfleet
Local Authority: Selby District Council
County: North Yorkshire
Country: England
Postcode: YO19 6SU

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Listing Text

SE 54 SE
(east side)
Church of Saint Helen
Church. c.1145 nave, south porch and chancel, C13 north aisle and chapel of
Saint Anne and lower stage to west tower, C14 additions and alterations
including Moreby Chapel dedicated to Saint Mary (founded 1336), C15 and C16
additions to tower and widening and heightening of north aisle and insertion
of windows. Later additions and alterations include restoration and
rebuilding of east end c.1875-84. Magnesian limestone ashlar with red plain
tile roof. 2-stage west tower, 3-bay nave with south porch, 2-bay Moreby
Chapel to south and aisle to north, 2-bay chancel with Chapel of Saint Anne
(now vestry) to north. Tower: short angle buttresses. Single lancet to
west. 1st stage band. To south side a round-arched recess contains small
mullion window. Twin-light, straight-headed bell openings. Battlements
with pinnacles. Nave: fine south doorway of 5 orders with foliage and
heads, beakheads, 2 orders of chevron and an inner order of heads, roundels
and beasts supported on shafts with cushion and scallop capitals, some with
interlace. Hoodmould and gable with dragon gargoyle to right. C12 plank
door with C13 modifications has strap hinges and C hinges with dragon's
heads; Viking longboats, pair of figures and other ornamental motifs.
Decorated impost band. Two C19 2-light cusped windows above. Next two bays
east occupied by Moreby Chapel. Chamfered plinth. West pointed doorway
under hoodmould. Trefoil window in triple-chamfered surround to gable.
South side has pair of 2-light windows with Reticulated tracery to heads
under hoodmoulds. To east recut 3-light window with reticulated tracery to
head under hoodmould. Nave, north side: buttress with offsets. Re-set C12
round-arched priest's doorway has chevron moulding with raspberries to
architrave under hoodmould with dogtooth. Plank door with decorative strap
hinges. 2 and 3-light straight-headed Perpendicular windows. Chancel:
south side. Chamfered plinth. Buttresses with offsets. C19 priest's
doorway a plank door in ogee-headed, chamfered surround. To left a round-
arched niche for statue of Blessed Virgin Mary with remains of plinth and
statue. Decorated first stage band with foliate ornament. Two pairs of C19
trefoil-headed windows in straight-headed surrounds. Chancel, north side,
occupied by Chapel of Saint Anne: chamfered plinth. 3-light, straight-
headed, Perpendicular window, under hoodmould. 2-light, trefoil-headed
window. To east side: 3-light window with reticulated tracery to head under
hoodmould with head stops. Chancel, east end: plinth. Buttresses with off
sets. Stepped first stage band. C19 3-light window with Perpendicular-
style tracery to head under hoodmould. Ashlar coping to gable ends. Cross
at apex to east end gable. Interior: double-chamfered, pointed tower arch.
Nave, north side: 3-bay arcade has double-chamfered pointed arches, one
cylindrical pier and one octagonal pier. South side: 2-bay arcade has
double-chamfered, pointed arches on octagonal pier and with octagonal
responds with C14 foliage and grotesque capitals. Between, a probably
early-mid C17 screen with decorated panelling surmounted by bulb-on-vase
balusters. To Moreby Chapel, further panelling with strapwork frieze and
probably later C17 panelled partition with strapwork frieze. Chapel
contains effigy of cross-legged Knight, Sir Robert Moreby, reputedly c.1337.
Marble wall monument to John Accolm (d.1611) with 4 kneeling figures facing
one another, pair-wise in architectural setting. Chapel of Saint Anne:
probably mid-late C17 panelling with seats attached and heavily-moulded,
deeply-carved naturalistic frieze, incorporating probable remains of
Jacobean overmantle. Remains of Norman carving used in window surrounds.
Pointed, double-chamfered 2-bay arcade with dogtooth-moulding and octagonal
pier between chapel and chancel, one arch now obscured by organ. Pointed
C19 chancel arch. Fragments of medieval stained glass, otherwise C19 and
C20 glass. Pevsner, N., Yorkshire, York and The East Riding, 1978, pp 350-

Listing NGR: SE5932741005

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Source: English Heritage

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