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List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.


List entry Number: 1164217



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.


District: City of Peterborough

District Type: Unitary Authority

Parish: Helpston

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: I

Date first listed: 15-Dec-1955

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 50066

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1. 5141 HELPSTON CHURCH LANE (east side) Church of St Botolph TF 1205 37/281 15.12.55 I GV 2. West tower of Norman (or Saxon) origin, remainder mainly C13. Nave has flat-headed Perpendicular clerestorey window to south and 4-centred arch north clerestorey windows, and battlements. North and south aisles have straight-headed windows, Perpendicular west windows, east window of south aisle is Decorated, early C13 south doorway with painted arch and one order of colonnettes, one with waterleaf capital the other one with upright leaves. C14 south porch. The door has "W.G. Fecit 1708" carved on it. Circa 1300 chancel, but the windows have had pointed heads cut off and square lintels substituted with initials T:G: and K.G. and date 1609 carved on them. Restored Perpendicular east window. West tower rebuilt in 1865, the lower parts are said to have had some long-and-short work. Four stages, the lower 2 square on plan, the bottom stage has Perpendicular west window, upper stages octagonal, top stage has 2-light recticulated tracery bell openings. Small battlements with gargoyles and squat spire with large lucarnes. Interior: early C13 two bay south arcades with circular piers with circular capitals and abaci, and chamfered round arches. Mid C13 north arcade with octagonal pier and pointed double-chamfered arches. Early C12 tower arch with scallop capitals, later pointed arch. Arches with roll-mouldings to aisles which continue westwards to north and south of tower. Filleted shafts to chancel arch. C13 sedilia and piscina. Plain octagonal font. Arms of James I. Churchyard has many C18 and C19 headstones including tomb of John Clare the poet 1793-1864, with inscription "A Poet is born not made". VCH Northants Vol II.

Listing NGR: TF1220205528

Selected Sources

Books and journals
Ryland, W, Adkins, D, Sejeantson, R, The Victoria History of the County of Northampton, (1906)

National Grid Reference: TF 12202 05528


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