St. Helen's Church

St. Helen's Church, York

St. Helen's Church
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This church was named after Helena, alleged founder of the Church of Nativity at Bethlehem, and features splendid arches dating back to the 14th century, windows of medieval glass and a 19th-century window with Dutch panels.
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Old M
New England, ND1 contribution
Peace & tranquillity
Sep 2021
Attended a meeting of a Yorkshire based community group in York and afterwards went for a walk around the city centre and was very pleased to find this haven of tranquillity in the bustling city centre. St Helen's is a small Church (for a city centre) with a fairly unadorned interior in the plain style favoured by the Victorians. Quiet and peaceful despite the noisy throng including buskers in the adjacent square & streets. An excellent place for some moments of quite reflection & prayer. The only downside was the absence of any Bibles or prayers books for the use of those wanting to pray.
Written October 5, 2021
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enjoyinglife49
Paisley, UK437 contributions
Beautiful
Feb 2020
A beautiful small church with lots of lovely stained glass windows and characteristics you expect from the period
Written February 26, 2020
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elwick11
London, UK1,520 contributions
Christmas cards for ssle
Nov 2019 • Solo
A small old church not far from the Minster. What attracted me was the sign outside that said Christmas cards for sale, and they are, all the cards were for Charity, a good idea, The church itself is nothing special but there is a plaque on the right of the altar that refers to two sisters that lived to be 98 years old back in the 17/18 th century.
Written November 28, 2019
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK609,084 contributions
Another beautiful old church.
Jul 2018 • Friends
York is justifiably famous for its amazing architecture, it's a beautiful little city I love to visit,been going here for 30 plus years ,always found the ancient city fascinating and the nightlife fantastic it's a city packed with fantastic architecture and St Helen's Church on Stonegate is a great example of the type of architecture to be found here.
St Helen's Church dates from the 14th century and although closed and partly demolished in 1551 the church was later brought back to life ,a true survivor.
Between 1857 - 58 under the guidance of architect W H Dykes the church was meticulously reconstructed and reopened on 16th September 1858 ,the amount of work carried out on the rebuilding of the church was staggering, 3 walls were taken down ,roof was completely replaced, chancel,pews and alter redesigned and the tower was rebuilt between 1875 - 76 ,a monumental piece of architecture but the results were stunning, behind the magnificent Minster its arguably the most beautiful church on York and looking out onto one of the most beautiful squares in York namely St Helen's Square.
My twin brother Stephen and I were wandering towards Lendal Cellars and passed through St Helen's Square and stopped and admired this stunning church, although we never entered the church I was suitably impressed with the beautiful church, took several photo's before we moved on.
Easy to locate along Stonegate and most definitely well worth checking out if your planning a holiday or trip to York.
Written November 2, 2019
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Danny
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK883 contributions
A peaceful haven.
Jun 2018 • Couples
This church is a very peaceful haven in a busy city centre. It is worth calling in for a peaceful break and a chance to sit and be still. It is also a very special historic site so do call in if you are passing.
Written June 18, 2018
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,131 contributions
Relatively little of interest compared to other churches in the city.
Jul 2017 • Solo
This small church in the city centre is mainly a Victorian rebuild but there are still a couple of interesting things to see. I particularly like the 12th Century stone font, and above the west door is a most impressive stained glass window. For music buffs there is apparently a famous organ, which is played regularly throughout the week, but as organs aren't my thing I can't comment further re its qualities.
Written July 4, 2017
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david n
Manchester, UK3,542 contributions
Peaceful oasis
Jun 2017 • Couples
Little church just off Stonegate in the centre of York. Some nice colourful windows though otherwise unremarkable.
Written June 19, 2017
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jikoku
Stockton-on-Tees, UK614 contributions
Beautiful little church with very nice stained glass windows
May 2016 • Couples
Beautiful little church with very nice stained glass windows. A little quiet oasis on what is probably the busiest street in York, almost opposite Betty's tea room. Nice place to sit and contemplate life.
Written August 23, 2016
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Paul S
Adelaide, Australia3,746 contributions
Wayside chapel
May 2016
This is a nice little church which has a beauty and simplicity about it. Not spectacular, but a sense of peace and worship. Also a little unexpected as it is set right on a busy square. A good place to take time out on your way through the centre of York.
Written May 18, 2016
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VBT928
United Kingdom437 contributions
Lovely church in the city centre
May 2016 • Solo
It looks like York city centre was built around this charming little church. Well worth a visit and some lovely wall plaques. Highly recommended for a 20 minute visit.
Written May 7, 2016
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