Berrick Salome St Helen, Berrick Salome

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Whereas official records date back to
1087, the site of the Church of St
Helen (the mother of the Roman
Emperor Constantine and a favourite
saint of King Ethelbald who ruled the
area after he had annexed this area
of Wessex into his kingdom of
in about 800AD) has probably been
sacred since the 8th century.
One of the oldest features of the
Church is the decorated Saxon font
but the whole building is of great
interest. Around 1615 the original
roof was replaced with one of a
queen-post type with a complex
timber truss. This resulted in the
present vaulted roof of great
functional beauty.
The wooden gallery at the west end
of the nave was built in 1676 and a
dormer widow at each end provides
light at this height. The Church itself
is only about 65 feet long including
the bell tower.
For those who search there are
many small corners of interest
including some randomly
repositioned mediaeval floor tiles at
the east end of the nave and chancel,
sculptures of fishes and doves
(associated with the position of the
font) and the 13th century "bee"

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Family/All Age Worship
An inclusive All Age Village Service for everyone.
Every first Sunday at 11:00 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Refreshments
Holy Communion
A Said Service using the Book of Common Prayer
Every second Sunday at 11:00 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Book of Common Prayer
Family Communion
A Service with hymns using Common Worship
Every third fourth and fifth Sunday at 11:00 AM for 50 minutes
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Incumbent: The Revd Canon Ian Geoffrey Holland COHEN
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 34
Architect: Patrick W Crawford RIBA
Style of worship: Central
Our Patron: Christ Church Oxford
Archdeaconry: Dorchester (274)
Deanery: ASTON & CUDDESDON (27402)
Benefice: Chalgrove w Berrick Salome (27/099 L)
Parish Legal Name: Berrick Salome (270103 )
CofE Church Info: (627103 27/103)
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The current editor is: Ian Cohen

This page was last updated on Tuesday 12th January 2010
Berrick Salome St Helen : Church Lane, Berrick Salome, Oxfordshire, OX10 6JP

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