SK7685 : Remains of St Helen's Church, South Wheatley

taken 4 years ago, near to North Wheatley, Nottinghamshire, Great Britain

Remains of St Helen's Church, South Wheatley
Remains of St Helen's Church, South Wheatley
The tower stands proud without its previous coat of ivy.
Church of St Helen, South Wheatley
The parish of South Wheatley was merged with neighbouring North Wheatley in 1883 and the church has been a ruin since then. Now only the tower and chancel arch remain.

The ruin has been seriously tidied up since Richard Croft was there in 2005 LinkExternal link and Jonathan Thacker in 2012 LinkExternal link . The ivy has been completely stripped, the ground improved and a brick wall which filled the tower arch has been replaced by a metal grille so the interior of the tower is now on view.

The remaining features are the 15th century tower in Perpendicular style which still retains an old timber bell frame, and the much degraded 12th century chancel arch in Norman style.

The ruin is Listed Grade I and also has Scheduled Monument status.
Listed Buildings and Structures
Listed buildings and structures are officially designated as being of special architectural, historical or cultural significance. There are over half a million listed structures in the United Kingdom, covered by around 375,000 listings.
Listed status is more commonly associated with buildings or groups of buildings, however it can cover many other structures, including bridges, headstones, steps, ponds, monuments, walls, phone boxes, wrecks, parks, and heritage sites, and in more recent times a road crossing (Abbey Road) and graffiti art (Banksy 'Spy-booth') have been included.

In England and Wales there are three main listing designations;
Grade I (2.5%) - exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important.
Grade II* (5.5%) - particularly important buildings of more than special interest.
Grade II (92%) - nationally important and of special interest.

There are also locally listed structures (at the discretion of local authorities) using A, B and C designations.

In Scotland three classifications are also used but the criteria are different. There are around 47,500 Listed buildings.
Category A (8%)- generally equivalent to Grade I and II* in England and Wales
Category B (51%)- this appears generally to cover the ground of Grade II, recognising national importance.
Category C (41%)- buildings of local importance, probably with some overlap with English Grade II.

In Northern Ireland the criteria are similar to Scotland, but the classifications are:
Grade A (2.3%)
Grade B+ (4.7%)
Grade B (93%)

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Date Taken
Sunday, 28 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Friday, 3 October, 2014
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Religious sites  Derelict, Disused 
Ruin (from Tags)
Primary Subject of Photo
Style (from Tags)
Period (from Tags)
15th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7664 8552 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:21.6606N 0:50.9908W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SK 7662 8551
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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Other Tags
Scheduled Monument  Grade I Listed  Church Tower 

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