Description: Church of Saint Helen
Date Listed: 31 March 1970
English Heritage Building ID: 332139
OS Grid Reference: SE3346392097
OS Grid Coordinates: 433463, 492097
Latitude/Longitude: 54.3234, -1.4870
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SE 39 SW AINDERBY STEEPLE NORTHALLERTON ROAD
1/2 Church of Saint Helen
Church. C14, C15 and C19 restoration and additions. Coursed, squared stone
and ashlar with graduated slate and lead roofs. West tower, aisled nave
with clerestory and south porch, chancel with north vestry. 3-stage tower:
C15 clasped by aisles. Diagonal offset buttresses to west end and 3-light
cusped arched west window with hood-mould. Small cusped one-light opening
above each aisle. Clock faces to west and south. A 2-light arched cusped
belfry window with hood-mould to each face. Band. Embattled parapet.
Nave: 3 bays with 4-bay aisles. Plinth, offset buttresses. C15 gabled
porch has pointed-arch doorway with board door and inner pointed tunnel
vault with transverse ribs. Three 2-light cusped Y-tracery windows with
hood-moulds. Stone band with plain parapet above. Clerestory has 3 flat-
arched 2-light windows with hood-moulds. Moulded coping. North aisle:
offset buttresses. Three 2-light cusped ogee-headed windows; similar 1-
light opening to bay 2. Chancel: lower, 3 bays. Plinth offset buttresses.
Outer bays have C19 Decorated-style 2-light pointed-arched cusped windows
with hood-moulds. Central bay has pointed-arched priest's doorway with
board door and hood-mould. Plain parapet, stone coping. C19 east window of
5 cusped lights with Decorated-style tracery and hood-mould. Small offset
buttress below the window. Gabled north vestry is C19. Interior: C14 3-bay
arcades, south arcade having octagonal piers with nailhead motif, pointed
arches; north arcade having octagonal piers with round abaci. Chancel arch
similar to south arcade. Chancel: canopied decorated sedilia, small
decorated piscina and canopied niches flanking east window. Carved
octagonal font of 1662. Benches near the west end of the nave have small
panels of Jacobean decoration.
Listing NGR: SE3345792098
Source: English Heritage
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