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TREETON ST HELEN

Amazing architectureGlorious green men & gargoylesMagnificent memorialsSpectacular stained glassInteresting churchyard

We welcome visitors at St Helen’s Treeton.

The church is open regularly on the second Saturday in each month, when we would love to show you our beautiful church and offer refreshment. Often excellent cakes are available!

There has been a church on this site since the reign of Edward the Confessor (1042-1066) and it is the only one noted in the Domesday Book as being in the ‘vast and ancient territory of Hallamshire’. The current building dates from 1175, with major additions in 13th & 14th centuries, although there remains a Saxon stone font.

The church can be seen for miles around with its distinctive tower of ‘Rotherham Red’ sandstone and limestone, possibly from Roche Abbey. There is fine interior medieval stonework and carved woodwork, including green men and ceiling bosses. There are wonderful carved angels in the chancel. In the west nave wall there is a fascinating carved 13th century effigy of a knight.

The windows contain lovely 19th century stained glass. The pews are Victorian but there are remains of 17th Century box pews in wall panelling. There is evidence of medieval painted decoration and some ‘graffiti’ in the form of a Saltire cross. Plumbers’ marks have been salvaged following a spate of recent lead thefts and can be seen in the rear porch area. The bell tower mark is 300 years old.

We have recently established a ‘Friends of St Helen’s’ group for those interested in preserving the building for future generations. For more information please contact us.

If you know anything more about the heritage of this site and would like us to include it here please contact us.

VISITING ST HELEN

Open at specified timesKeyholder noticeTours for groups and schoolsNot accessibile to wheelchair usersParking at Church or nearbyAccessible by public transportRefreshments at site or nearbyToilets at site or nearby

Address: Front Street, Treeton, Rotherham, S60 5PZ

Opening Times: Thursday morning 10:00am – 12:00pm. Second Saturday in the month 10:00am – 12:00pm.

Contact: 0114 269 6542 or chris.leverton@yahoo.co.uk

Directions: M1 J33. Follow A630 to Sheffield. Leave at 1st exit signposted Catcliffe. Follow signs for Catcliffe , turning left T-junction. Turn right at mini roundabout and follow round and uphill into Treeton. Turn right onto Front Street, church is on right.

Grid Reference: SK 432 877 GB Grid

GOOGLE MAP LINK

http://www.treetonweb.co.uk/history/sthelenhist.htm

The text has been written by volunteers from the site, more information can be found when you visit in person.

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