Church of England Diocese of Norwich Gateley

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St Helen's is open daily for casual visitors, for prayer, quiet reflection, and historic interest.

There is evidence of a Saxon doorway to the left of the porch as you approach, indicating the church's millennium heritage.

The church remains rustic, like stepping back in time. For instance it has never had a mains electricity supply. Pre-Reformation, medieval survivals include eight rood screen panel saints and religious celebrities. There are equal numbers of each gender either side, including 'the lady of Redbourne', thought to be a unique depiction of her, and John Schorne casting a devil from a boot - symbolic of a gift of curing gout. 

There is a rare Charles I coat of arms near the main door, perhaps indicating the traditional political persuasion of the village (!)

The bell frame dates to the 14th Century. There is one bell remaining, for chiming only.

The churchyard grass is maintained by occasional sheep.