Lea - St Helens


St Helen's Church (image Richard Croft, source)
St Helen’s dates from 12th century, with the North aisle added in 1380. The tower was rebuilt in 1500 and contained various numbers of bells from about 1553. There is presently a peal of six, which are rung regularly. The quarter chiming clock was a gift to the parish of Lea in 1814. Between the Choir and the North aisle is a mediaeval tomb to Sir Roger Trehampton, one of the Knights Templar.

The church was partially restored in 1849 by J.L. Pearson.

The 20th Century Rood Screen that crosses the south chancel is made of oak from the Lea Estate and was built by local craftsmen as a memorial to the men of the parish who lost their lives during the First World War – a plaque to the side lists the names of those men.

Photo by Julian P Guffogg (source)
The small, 2 manual, organ was built in 1849 by Hunter of London and was originally installed at the west end of the church in the 13th Century tower arch. It was moved to its current position, in the south chancel, in 1875 and was first played by the organist of York Minster – Dr. W.H. Monk.

Open: 13-14th May, Saturday 10am-4pm • Sunday 11am-4pm.

Postcode: DN21 5EH, click here to find on Google Maps.

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