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Church of St Helen

A Grade II* Listed Building in Brighton and Hove, The City of Brighton and Hove

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Latitude: 50.8511 / 50°51'3"N

Longitude: -0.2008 / 0°12'2"W

OS Eastings: 526746

OS Northings: 107274

OS Grid: TQ267072

Mapcode National: GBR JNN.J22

Mapcode Global: FRA B6GV.HKK

Entry Name: Church of St Helen

Listing Date: 24 March 1950

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1298636

English Heritage Legacy ID: 365541

Location: Brighton and Hove, BN3

County: The City of Brighton and Hove

Electoral Ward/Division: Hangleton and Knoll

Built-Up Area: Brighton and Hove

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Hangleton St Helen

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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Listing Text


579-1/3/159 (West side)
24/03/50 Church of St Helen


Parish church. C12 nave, C13 tower, chancel c1300, C14 and C15
wall paintings, minor restorations 1870 and 1929, porch and
vestry added 1949, tower embattled and reroofed, wallpaintings
restored 1969.
Coursed flint pebble facing, laid in herringbone pattern to
nave, Caen stone quoins, clay tile roofs, pyramid roof to
Plan: chancel, 3-bay nave, west tower, north porch and vestry.
2-stage crenellated tower, 2 lancets on west front, irregular
fenestration to south wall of nave with lancets flanking
round-arch head doorway and tiny stairlight window at east
end, 2 lancets to chancel, 3-light East window, 2 lancets to
north wall of chancel, another tiny stairlight at east end of
nave, porch with round arch doorway with double doors and
upper lights, vestry abutting porch to west, lit by one window
on south front.
Interior not inspected. Said to contain remains of wall
paintings discovered on the north wall during the restoration
works in 1949; these include early C13 scrollwork in the
splays of one of the windows, and other C14 and C15 work
though barely visible. The chancel arch has been removed.
Piscina in south-east corner of nave. C14 Gothic-style wooden
screen, panelling and reredos erected 1925 in memory of
William Nevett. Unusual survival of red brick floor. Pulpit
from St Leonards, Aldrington (qv). Unidentified slab from
table tomb in chancel depicting a husband and wife in
Elizabethan costume with 4 sons, 5 daughters and 5 coffins
representing deceased infants. Tondo or pieta to Henry
Willett, the Brighton brewer, died 1905.
Unlike other churches in the area, St Helens has been in
continuous use and largely escaped C19 restoration due to its
then isolated position.
(Dale A: Brighton Churches: 1989-; Middleton J: A History of
Hove: 1979-).

Listing NGR: TQ2674607274

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