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The exterior architecture of the church

Helmsley Parish Church tower

Helmsley Parish Church, a great medieval building dating from around 1129. For a small sum of money an excellent guide book can be purchased. Helmsley Parish Church tower. The tower was rebuilt in about 1865 along with much of the church but within the church much early stonework survives.

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All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley

All Saints Parish Church, Autumn 2018 in Helmsley

 

Helmsley Parish Church, a great medieval building dating from around 1129.

 

The original beautiful perpendicular windows were replaced in the 1868 'renovation' with mock early lancet style windows, but to my untutored eye they look pretty good in style.

The original beautiful perpendicular windows were replaced in the 1868 'renovation' with mock early lancet style windows, but to my untutored eye they look pretty good in style.

 

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       The series of carved faces on the north wall of All Saint's Helmsley Parish Church. A relatively modern or medieval joke for the touring visitor?


The interior of All Saints Church.

The nave of Norman arches in Helmsley Parish Church and the north aisle murals completed in 1909 depicting the course of Christianity in the area and add beauty and historical interest to the church.

The nave of Norman arches in Helmsley Parish Church and the north aisle murals designed by the Rev. C.N. Gray and completed in 1909 by Mr Gast, a London artist. The murals depict the course of Christianity in the area and add beauty and historical interest to the church.

 

The chancel is entered beneath a beautiful Norman arch from the 12th century. It is believed to be architecturally unique with its double cone moulding and triple bands between each cone.

The chancel is entered beneath a beautiful zig-zag patterned carved Norman arch from the 12th century. It is believed to be architecturally unique with its double cone moulding and triple bands between each cone.

SEE ALSO A West to East Medieval Church Journey from Helmsley to Scarborough

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2a. Helmsley (2a) - The Castle new picture sequence

2b. Helmsley (2b) - Duncombe Park

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Church of All Saints, Helmsley

Church of All Saints, Helmsley is located in North YorkshireChurch of All Saints, HelmsleyChurch of All Saints, Helmsley
Location in Yorkshire
54.2469°N 1.0625°WCoordinates: 54.2469°N 1.0625°W
OS grid reference SE 620 789
Location Helmsley, North Yorkshire
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Central
History
Status Parish church
Founded 12th century
Dedication All Saints
Architecture
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 4 January 1955
Architectural type Church
Administration
Parish Helmsley
Deanery Northern Ryedale
Archdeaconry Cleveland
Diocese Diocese of York
Province Province of York
Clergy
Rector The Revd Tim Robinson
Assistant priest(s) The Revd Lynn Grove
Laity
Reader(s) Lucy Willshaw
Churchwarden(s) Alan Rabjohn and Valma Child
The Church of All Saints is an Anglican parish church serving the town of Helmsley in North Yorkshire, England. It is located between the north-west corner of the market square, and Castlegate, on the B1257 road north of Helmsley Castle. All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 1 history architecture Dedicated to All Saints, it has been part of the Church of England since the Reformation. It is one of four churches in the same benefice: Sproxton, Rievaulx, and East Moors. The church was granted Grade II* listed building status on 4 January 1955. All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 2 history architecture

History
There has been a church in Helmsley since before the Norman conquest, All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 3 history architecture and the churchyard was used as a market place in Anglo-Saxon times. All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 4 history architecture Another measure of the church's antiquity is the hogback gravestone in the porch. All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 2 history architecture A church was recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086.

An organ by Mr. Whitehead of York was installed in 1852-53. The opening service was on 27 January 1853 when the choir of York Minster were in attendance. All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 5 history architecture

There was much rebuilding in the 19th century, All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 3 history architecture between 1866 and 1869 funded by the Earl of Feversham by the architects Banks and Barry All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 6 history architecture and the contractors Barton and Smith of Helmsley, at a cost of £16,000 All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 7 history architecture (equivalent to £1,360,000 in 2016). All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 8 history architecture Many changes were made in the rebuilding, and Norman and later features were lost, All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 7 history architecture including the font, which was replaced in 1868; the original medieval font is now in the church at Pockley. However, the church gained some fine stained glass by Hardman & Co. of Birmingham. All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 6 history architecture

In 1931 a Harrison and Harrison pipe organ was installed on a platform immediately west of the chancel. This organ replaced an existing instrument installed in 1868 by the Walker organ company. Mr Arthur Harrison retained some of the existing pipework and incorporated this in the new instrument.

Architecture
In the 12th century the church was built in the Norman style and two arches, one over the entrance doorway, the other over the chancel, remain in place. All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 3 history architecture All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 9 history architecture They are rounded arches in the Norman style, as opposed to the Early English in which pointed arches were used in later developments. The church has a three-stage west tower, a four-bay nave, a two-bay chancel, transepts, vestry and south porch. Its 19th-century restoration was in the Gothic Revival style but incorporates work from the old church. It is constructed of sandstone ashlar with a steeply sloping stone slate roof. The tower has 13th-century lancet windows to its west and north faces at the second stage. Its other lancet windows, round-headed belfry windows and octagonal turrets date from the 19th-century restoration. The south porch is entered by a round arch accessing a 12th-century doorway. Windows installed in the 19th century in the north aisle and at the west end have reticulated tracery. The chancel has round-headed and lancet windows. All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 2 history architecture

Photographs reveal that the roof was altered in the restoration of 1866–69 and the church had a parapet with battlements on the southern side. All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 7 history architecture

The north chapel is dedicated to Aelred, third abbot of the Cistercian monastery at Rievaulx Abbey. All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 3 history architecture All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 9 history architecture It contains a statue of the Virgin Mary, All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 9 history architecture and votive candles. All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 3 history architecture The south chapel is dedicated to Columba, a missionary from Ireland who brought Christianity to much of northern England. The chapel contains wall paintings of contemporary events, including depictions of Saint Oswald and a knight slaying a dragon emblazoned with the pagan gods. All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 9 history architecture

Modern usage
There is a congregation of around 70 people, All Saints Parish Church, Helmsley 9 history architecture and services use the Harrison and Harrison pipe organ, which is above and behind the pulpit.


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