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Church of St Helena, Bideford

Description: Church of St Helena

Grade: II
Date Listed: 20 July 1990
English Heritage Building ID: 91976

OS Grid Reference: SS1378443951
OS Grid Coordinates: 213784, 143951
Latitude/Longitude: 51.1644, -4.6647

Location: Ilfracombe, Devon EX39 2LY

Locality: Bideford
Local Authority: Torridge District Council
County: Devon
Country: England
Postcode: EX39 2LY

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Listing Text

SS14SW Church of St Helena

Parish-church. 1896 by J. Norton for H.G. Heaven, the owner of
Lundy Island. Granite ashlar. Slate roofs with crested
ridge tiles and stone coped gable ends.

Plan: Nave with porch under tower of west end of north side
of nave, chancel with transept vestry on north side. NW - SE
orientation. Victorian Gothic Early English.

Exterior: Nave has 2-light plate tracery windows on north and
south sides and 2 lancet west window with rose window above,
its tracery blocked off. Transept vestry has 2-light window
in gable and with plate tracery and lean-to porch in north
east angle with shouldered head doorway. Large 3-stage
unbuttressed north west tower with battlements, square stair
turret with battlements in angle with nave, gargoyles at
corners and large 2-light lancet bell-openings with trefoil
heads and slate louvres. Clock face at first stage above
niche containing figure of St Helena which is above the
deeply chamfered 2-centred arch doorway to the porch, with
wooden gates; the inner doorway has arch of 4 arches.
Interior: Polychrome brick walls, red brick with black and
white bands and diapering. Moulded stone chancel arch with
dogtooth decoration and colonnettes on corbels supporting the
capitals. Boarded roof, the principals on stone corbles.
Furnishings by Hermes of Exeter. Reredos with 3 cusped
arched on Purbeck marble colonnettes and with alabaster
carving, the centre depicts the Last Supper. Piscina and
sedilia. Altar rail with wrought iron standards. Low stone
screen, carved stone pulpit and square font. The benches are
complete including choir stalls. Carved wooden eagle lectern.
Organ on south side of chancel. Circa late C19 stained glass
east window, the tracery missing and stained glass in rose
window at west end, one was designed and donated by Rev. H.
Fleming St. John. Ornate wrought-iron lamp brackets on north
and wouth walls of nave. Five bells from tower, now in
porch, dated 1897. (Buildings of England:Pevsner N and Cherry
B:Devon:542 - 543; A and M Langham:Lundy:l10 - 111).

Listing NGR: SS1378443951

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Source: English Heritage

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