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St Helens Church

A Grade II Listed Building in North Chailey, East Sussex

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Latitude: 50.982 / 50°58'55"N

Longitude: -0.0162 / 0°0'58"W

OS Eastings: 539348

OS Northings: 122156

OS Grid: TQ393221

Mapcode National: GBR KNP.8QW

Mapcode Global: FRA B6VJ.3J1

Plus Code: 9C2XXXJM+QG

Entry Name: St Helens Church

Listing Date: 12 January 2001

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1334948

English Heritage Legacy ID: 486853

ID on this website: 101334948

Location: Lewes, East Sussex, BN8

County: East Sussex

District: Lewes

Civil Parish: Chailey

Built-Up Area: North Chailey

Traditional County: Sussex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): East Sussex

Church of England Parish: Chailey St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Chichester

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St Helens Church


Church. 1931 by L Kier Hett as a chapel for the Chailey Heritage, which became world famous for its treatment of "crippled children". Late Arts and Crafts style. Built of local Sussex bricks with a tiled course supplied by the local firm of Messrs H and E Waters of Forest Row covering a timberframe with weatherboarded tower and tiled roof. Three bay nave with aisles, apsidal-ended chancel and west tower. Church mainly of brown brick in stretcher bond. West front has central weatherboarded battered square tower of two stages with hipped pantiled roof and ground floor hipped roof and two wooden supports forming porch. Double doors. Two leaded light windows. North and south elevations have projecting hipped ends with three hipped dormers and three leaded light windows. Apsidal-ended chancel with tall round-headed east window.
INTERIOR: Nave of three bays in form of aisled timber barn with crownpost roof and curved tension to upright posts which are on stone bases. Original joinery includes carved pews to east end only (the children were often in wheelchairs), doors with ribbed carving, octagonal carved oak pulpit on stone base and oak communion rails. Original stained glass windows with Virgin and Child to east window and the elements (Earth, Air, Fire and Water) to side windows.

Listing NGR: TQ3934822156

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