Norwich Saint Helen Church

Norwich Saint Helen Church, west tower, south porch, nave, north and south aisles and south transept. This once great church is now part of the Great Hospital of Saint Giles. and only the cetre part remains, the greater part of the nave and quire having been adapted for inmates as well as being parochial. The whole is 15th century and the arcades are fine, but the most interesting thing is the groining of the transept. Cautley was able to inspect this from scaffold. (I hate heights) In the centre is the Coronation of the Virgin, the four major bosses surrounding this are east, nativity, north, Annunciation, west, Ascension, south, Resurrection. The nearby intermediate bosses have Saint Catherine, Saint Edward, Saint Edmund, Saint Margaret and round these are the twele apostles all with labels and names. The original colour is on them and they are now being freshened up. In the nave are some 16th century bench ends (now painted) one with Saint Margaret emerging from the Dragon. There is a banner stave locker in the north west corner, a sword and mace rest and a Stuart table. North side of Bishopgate, 1 bell, part of it is converted into lodgings for the Almspeople. It was commenced by Bishop Suffield in 1250, the chancel was ercted by Bishop Spencer in 1372. It is divided into two storeys to form wards for those almswomen, and the fine lofty chancel arch is built up. John Kirkpatrick the antiquary, is buried here. There is a very fine wagon roof of chestnut over the chancel, with 252 spread eagles in panels, and 132 small bosses and 100 large bosses; two represent Richard II and his Queen.There is also a tiny observation window in the west wall of the south aisle.

Norwich Saint Helen Church.