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Brigsley, St Helen
Brigsley, St Helen
Brigsley, St Helen

‘Odd’ was our reaction on first seeing St Helen’s, Brigsley. It would be interesting to count the number of different building materials used over the centuries.

The lower part of the tower is eleventh-century, the upper in the Perpendicular style as is the clerestory.

The chancel is from the Decorated period. The north and south arcades have gone.

There are some interesting interior fittings though how one can gain access is not clear.

Mark Acton, August 2014

Brigsley, St Helen church
Brigsley, St Helen
Brigsley, St Helen
Brigsley, St Helen

Pevsner describes the chancel windows of St Helen's as "memorable".  The tracery - Geometrical, intersecting and reticulated - is typical, respectively, of 1270, 1300 and 1330.

In stark contrast the south windows of the nave appear to be twentieth century domestic.

August 2014

Brigsley, St Helen church, windows
Brigsley, St Helen
Brigsley, St Helen
Brigsley, St Helen

The view from the east shows the intersecting tracery of the chancel's east window.

The wide range of building material is evident: chalk, ironstone, ashlar limestone - and cement render.

August 2014

Brigsley, St Helen church
Brigsley, St Helen, putlog hole
Brigsley, St Helen, putlog hole
Brigsley, St Helen, putlog hole

On the north side of St Helen's a few putlog holes survive. They were fixing points for wooden scaffolding during building construction.  Usually they were filled when work was completed.

August 2014

Brigsley, St Helen church, putlogs