St Helen's church, Thorney :: Shared Description

Grade II*listed

Thorney is mentioned in the Domesday Book without any reference to a church.
The original church had a low brick tower with two bells, a nave and a side aisle. Presumably it became dilapidated and was rebuilt in 1850. There is a fragment of a 15th C. arcade and a window which have been re-erected in the churchyard.
The church was built by L. N. Cottingham in a Norman style, and consists of nave, chancel, vestry, and bellcote. There is a highly ornamented central turret (sanctus bellcote).
The church has much exterior carving and a corbel table of grotesque heads. The west door has detailed carvings in the three order arch. Above this are three lancet windows, and above that a wheel window. This is topped off by the western bellcote with two bells.

Inside there is an aisleless nave, with a hammerbeam roof.
There is a carved square stone pulpit and matching lectern in a similar style.
There is a 19th-century font, circular with blind arcading, and also the remains of an old 12th century font.
There are several memorials to the Neville family, some transferred from the old church.

The church has stained glass windows throughout, although these are in poor condition.

There is no organ.

by Julian P Guffogg
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SK8572 : Damaged stained glass window, St Helen's church, Thorney by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : Chancel, St Helen's church, Thorney by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : Interior, St Helen's church, Thorney by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : Interior, St Helen's church, Thorney by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : Pulpit detail. St Helen's church, Thorney by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : Carved Pulpit, St Helen's Church, Thorney by J.Hannan-Briggs
SK8572 : St Helen's church, Thorney by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : Stained glass window, St Helen's church, Thorney by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : East windows, St Helen's church, Thorney by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : St Helen's church, Thorney by J.Hannan-Briggs
SK8572 : Crocodile grotesque, St Helen's church, Thorney by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : Corbel masks, St Helen's church, Thorney by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : Unusual chimney, St Helen's church, Thorney by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : Stained glass window, St Helen's church, Thorney by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : Detail of doorway arch carving, St Helen's church, Thorney by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : A 15th century grotesque by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : Ten commandments painting, St Helen's church, Thorney by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : Old font, St Helen's church, Thorney by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : Re-erected 15th century arcade by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : Upper east window, St Helen's church, Thorney by Julian P Guffogg
SK8572 : West Door, St Helen's church, Thorney by Julian P Guffogg


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Created: Tue, 22 Nov 2016, Updated: Fri, 2 Dec 2016

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