St Helen


Church with Saxon origins, bearing witness to the constant use and love by the local community as a place of worship throughout its history.

About this church

Grade II* listed. Built on the highest point before the marshes, where a 'blue stone' had been placed according to legend by Havelock the Dane.

Its historical features include unusual Tudor benchends with poppyheads featuring initials possibly of churchwardens; diverse stonework from Saxon, Norman, and Elizabethan restorations; a segment of a Saxon burial cover, originally part of a Celtic cross (other fragments of possibly the same cover are reputed to be in Manby and Middle Rasen churches); Norman font; fragments of medieval glass in north wall window; Royal Charter of George I Coat of Arms dated 1722; East window is a memorial to the two World Wars; frontispiece of the children's altar made from silk brocade used in Westminster Abbey at the coronation of Elizabeth II.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

Regular events

  • Displays and refreshments in the church during annual village 1940s event, usually held during late Summer Bank Holiday.

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St Andrew

This village church in its impressive and beautiful rural setting is always open and it is the focal point of the village and has been significant in the lives of local people since first established in the 12th century.

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