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Little Cawthorpe
 
Little Cawthorpe
Little Cawthorpe
Little Cawthorpe

Watery Lane in Little Cawthorpe is the site of a ford which gives the village pub, the Royal Oak, its nickname 'the Splash'.

Undated postcard by Valentine's.

Little Cawthorpe,
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen

St Helen's church stands on a significant mound; there is a stiff climb up from the south.

April 2015

Little Cawthorpe, St Helen church
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen

Designed by R J Withers in 1860, St Helenís was considered a Ďmodel church for parishes of modest meansí.

Built of red brick with black brick decoration  the building has lancet and traceried windows, an overhanging slate roof and a western bellcote and spire.

It is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

April 2015

Little Cawthorpe, St Helen church, R J Withers
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen

Red bricks laid in Flemish bond are used in the construction of St Helen's.

Decoration is added in the bands of black bricks, the ridge tiles (some remain), the panel of hung tiles below the bellcote, and the cast iron finials.

April 2015

Little Cawthorpe, St Helen church
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen

St Helenís has attractive decoration in black brick round doorways and windows.

At the west end is the bellcote, with star shaped bell openings and a slate-hung broach spire.

April 2015

Little Cawthorpe, St Helen church, bell cote
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, boiler
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, boiler
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, boiler

The old boiler in the vestry at St Helen's is "BRYNE No.1A".

April 2015

Little Cawthorpe, St Helen church, boiler, Bryne
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, boot scraper
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, boot scraper
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, boot scraper

This small decorated boot scraper is alongside the south entrance to the church.

April 2015

Little Cawthorpe, St Helen church boot scraper
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, capital
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, capital
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, capital

The brick chancel arch springs from marble shafts with ornate carved capitals.

April 2015

Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, capital
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, capital
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, capital
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, capital
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen church, capital
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, stained glass
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, stained glass
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, stained glass

This Victorian composition in colourful glass depicts Christ's controversial healing the paralytic man of Capernaum who has been lowered through an opening in the roof of the building created by his friends. The critical 'teachers of the law' are seen standing to the right. (Mark 2, vv.1-5). 

April 2015

Little Cawthorpe, St Helen church, stained glass, paralytic, Capernaum
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, stained glass
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, stained glass
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, stained glass

The six-pointed star is in the tracery of the south window of the chancel.

The text I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE is a quotation from the incident related in the Book of John Chapter 11 verse 25.

Jesus offers these words in comfort to the sisters Martha and Mary whose brother Lazarus has died, prior to bringing Lazarus back to life.

April 2015 

Little Cawthorpe, St Helen church, stained glass
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, stained glass
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, stained glass
Little Cawthorpe, St Helen, stained glass

This detail is in the east window of the vestry.

It shows a pair of dividers with a monogram R in blue, J in clear glass and W in green. This represents the architect of the building Robert Jewell Withers

https://manchestervictorianarchitects.org.uk/architects/robert-jewell-withers

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Little Cawthorpe, St Helen church, stained glass, R J Withers