Colchester, St Helen's Chapel
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Late Saxon architecture on Roman foundations
An alternative - and highly unlikely - version of history suggests that the first chapel here was actually founded by Empress Helena in the 3rd century AD, and Offa merely rebuilt the existing chapel. Helena was the daughter of King Coel (Old King Cole of nursery rhyme fame). Her son was Constantine, who would become Emperor of Rome, and Constantine was said to have been born in Colchester.
The chapel is an extremely simple building, with a very small entrance at the north west corner, leading into a rectangular chamber that extends the full length of the building.
A short distance down St Helen's Lane s an open space that was once the main Quaker burial ground for Colchester.
About Colchester, St Helen's Chapel
Address: St Helen's Lane, Maidenburgh Street, Colchester, Essex, England, CO1 1UB
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: At the corner of Maidenburgh Street and St Helen's Lane, just outside Castle Gardens
Website: Colchester, St Helen's Chapel
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Colchester Castle Museum - 0.1 miles (Castle)
Colchester, St Martin's Church - 0.1 miles (Historic Church)
Hollytrees Museum - 0.1 miles (Museum)
Natural History Museum, Colchester - 0.2 miles (Museum)
Colchester, Holy Trinity Church - 0.2 miles (Historic Church)
St Botolph's Priory - 0.3 miles (Abbey)
Jumbo Water Tower - 0.3 miles (Historic Building)
Colchester, St Mary at the Walls - 0.3 miles (Historic Church)
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