St Helen

St Helens is a simple19th century church with a Norman font and chancel arch, take a look at the winged imps for gargoyles around the church!

About this church

The village is mentioned in Domesday Book and the grade II listed church dates from the 12th century, although it was virtually rebuilt in the late 19th century by Brodrick and Smith. Only a blocked Norman doorway in the south wall hints at its Norman origins. The tower is thought to be 14th century. There is a single nave with a wood barrel roof and a round Norman chancel arch. The arch into the base of the tower is pointed, Early English.

The monuments on the walls of the base of the tower were reassembled here when the church was rebuilt. The woodwork in the church is Victorian, although there are some 15th century pew ends at the back of the church. The two stained glass windows in the south wall of the nave are modern. The east window depicting the Crucifixion is by Burlison & Grylls. The south chancel window is by Clayton and Bell. The altar has a carved wood front with a decorative reredos above. The processional banner is set in a frame to the left of the arch.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Café within 500m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

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