St Helen Stonegate, York
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 14th century stained glass
St Helens is named for the mother of Constantine the Great, who was proclaimed emperor here in York. It is one of York's oldest churches, perhaps founded as early as the 8th century, on the route of the old Roman Via Praetoria, the main route into the city.
One of the figure depicted is St Helen, with a kneeling figure probably meant to represent her son, the Emperor Constantine. St Helens was the church favoured by the medieval glaziers of York, so it is interesting to see what they came up with for their 'own' church!
Though St Helen's was made redundant in the 16th century, it survived partial demolition and served an expanding population in the 19th century. It eventually closed in 1910, only to open once again in 1921 to offer a different form of worship to nearby St Martins. Once more Anglican observances ceased in 2003, but it has again reinstated services, some supported by Choral Scholars from the Universities.
The church is usually open daylight hours; it was a quiet haven when we visited, a peaceful refuge from the bustle outside. What really struck me was the colourful 14th century glass in the west window, and the beautifully vibrant carving on the font.
About St Helen Stonegate
Address: St Helen's Square, York, Yorkshire, England, YO1 8QN
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In St Helen's Square, opposite Mansion House and the Guildhall. Usually open daylight hours.
Website: St Helen Stonegate
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
York Guildhall - 0.1 miles (Historic Building)
York Minster - 0.1 miles (Cathedral)
The Norman House - 0.1 miles (Historic Building)
Barley Hall - 0.1 miles (Museum)
Mansion House - 0.1 miles (Historic Building)
York, St Martin Coney Street - 0.1 miles (Historic Church)
Yorkshire Museum - 0.1 miles (Museum)
York, All Saints North Street Church - 0.1 miles (Historic Church)
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