St Helen, Skipwith

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Brief Description of St Helen's Skipwith

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The tower of the church was constructed in three distinct stages which can be identified by the type of sandstone used. The lower part of the tower is constructed of roughly dressed blocks which is topped by smaller rubble stones, both sections were assembled during the Anglo-Saxon (c 870-1066) period. During the 15th century the tower was topped with the present belfry.

The entrance to the church is through a porch which was constructed during 1877, the church door was restored during the same year, its ironwork reflects 13th century design. The door is framed by an archway which was assembled during the period 1220-40 and incorporates a Norman zig-zag moulding.

The vestry contains a block upon which a scratched drawing of a hunting scene can be observed, its origin is unknown however one figure is portrayed wearing Scandinavian headgear.

The first extension to the Saxon church is thought to have taken place during the late 12th Century, followed by many further modifications over time. The church contains numerous items of architectural interest such as arches and piers that reflected the growth and importance of the church through time. Memorials both inside and outside the church illustrate the church has been a place of worship for the community for over 1000 years. The Eastern Church wall is topped by medieval grave-slabs; one is marked with a sword and shield, and a Celtic type of cross.

(Extracts from "A Guide to St. Helen's Church, St Helen's Parochial Church Council" obtainable in the church)

You will find the church at the far end of Main Street and cars may be parked outside in the road outside.

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Revd Richard Kirkman
The Rectory,
York Road,
YO19 6EY
(01904) 728406 (Revd Richard Kirkman - Priest-in-Charge) or 01757 289266 (Revd Karen Gardiner - Assistant Curate)

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Holy Communion
Common Worship Communion with hymns
Every first Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Coffee Common Worship
Family Communion
Common Worship Communion service with hymns and songs - emphasis on children and families
Every second Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Family Friendly Common Worship
Morning Prayer
Common Worship Morning Prayer with hymns
Every third Sunday at 10:30 AM for 1 hour
Common Worship
United Service
United service with Skipwith Methodist Chapel for children and families
Alternates between St Helen's and Skipwith Methodist Church, see Roundup for details
Every fourth Sunday at 10:30 AM for ¾ hour
Family Friendly Coffee


Every Wednesday at 6:30 PM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer



Wheelchair accessible toilets
Stained Glass Wall Paintings Floodlight
Other information
Clergy: The Revd Karen Jane GARDINER
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 18913
Built: 960 approx
Architect: Kynan Simmons
Style of worship: Select
Archdeaconry: YORK (431)
Deanery: DERWENT (43105)
Benefice: Bubw w Skipw (43/060CT)
Parish Legal Name: Skipwith and North Duffield (430094 43/94)
CofE Church Info: (643094 43/94)
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The current editor is: Chris Cooper

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This page was last updated on Tuesday 15th September 2015
St Helen : Main Street, Along Main Street for 800 yards, Skipwith, North Yorkshire, YO8 5SQ

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