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Church of St Helen

A Grade I Listed Building in Kelloe, County Durham

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Latitude: 54.7227 / 54°43'21"N

Longitude: -1.4657 / 1°27'56"W

OS Eastings: 434509

OS Northings: 536542

OS Grid: NZ345365

Mapcode National: GBR LF6T.GT

Mapcode Global: WHD63.GK8C

Entry Name: Church of St Helen

Listing Date: 10 May 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1120748

English Heritage Legacy ID: 109957

Location: Kelloe, County Durham, DH6

County: County Durham

Civil Parish: Kelloe

Traditional County: Durham

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): County Durham

Church of England Parish: Kelloe

Church of England Diocese: Durham

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Listing Text

NZ 33 NW
(South side)
7/76 Church of
10/5/67 St. Helen
Parish church. C11 tower and nave; C13 chancel largely rebuilt 1854 and
refitted 1901 by W.S. Hicks; Thornley Porch (Chantry Chapel) founded 1347,
restored 1691 and converted to organ-chamber in late C19; late C18 vestry and
early C19 porch. Dressed stone chancel, coursed rubble elsewhere; Welsh slate
roofs. West tower, aisleless nave with south porch and north organ chamber,
chancel with north vestry. Windows mainly renewed in C19, some with Geometrical
and Decorated tracery.
3-stage tower has massive stepped buttress and C18 diamond sundial on south
and small round-headed belfry windows on each face. Long 3-bay nave: herringbone
masonry in west end; 3 identical buttresses on south; in porch a round-arched
south doorway of 2 worn orders on block capitals with shafts missing; 2 small
blocked windows above porch and 2 C19 windows to east; blocked pointed window
above similar north door; steeply-pitched roof. Long 2-bay chancel with C19
buttresses; C19 windows except for an original lancet on both north and south;
diagonally-buttressed east end has restored 3-light window with Decorated
tracery; steeply-pitched roof with coped east gable. Small gabled porch.
Organ chamber incorporates medieval plinth and masonry from Thornley porch.
Vestry has pointed sash window.
Interior: pointed, double-chamfered partly-restored tower and chancel arches.
Plastered nave with C19 barrel roof has Charles II Arms above tower arch, C18
circular stone font bowl and 1897 plaque to Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-
61, who was baptised in the church). Chancel has 1901 barrel roof, panelling
and reredos by W.S. Hicks, 2 medieval grave slabs in sanctuary, and elaborate
unfinished aedicular wall monument of 1712 by Henry Porter. The St. Helena
Cross, on north chancel wall, is a richly-carved, probably C12 stone cross
with 3 panels illustrating the legend of the Invention of the True Cross with
associated saints Helena and Constantine.
(J.T. Lang , "The St. Helena Cross, Church Kelloe", Archaeologia Aeliana, 5th
Series, Vol. 5, 1977).

Listing NGR: NZ3451236542

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