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Willingham by Stow
 
Willingham by Stow, Old School
Willingham by Stow, Old School
Willingham by Stow, Old School

The school originally opened in 1818 and re-opened as a board school in 1877. It closed in the summer of 1995.

June 2017

Willingham by Stow, Primary school
Willingham by Stow, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Willingham by Stow, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Willingham by Stow, Primitive Methodist Chapel

The Primitive Methodist Chapel, also know as the Bethel Chapel, was built in 1875-76.

It closed for worship in 1988 when the two Methodist congregations in the village combined.

May 2020
Willingham by Stow, Primitive methodist Chapel
Willingham by Stow, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Willingham by Stow, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Willingham by Stow, Primitive Methodist Chapel

A second view of the former Primitive Methodist Chapel.

May 2020

Willingham by Stow, Primitive Methodist Chapel
Willingham by Stow, St Helen
Willingham by Stow, St Helen
Willingham by Stow, St Helen

Much of St Helenís, Willingham-by-Stow, dates from 1880.

There is a small Norman window in the tower, a blocked Transitional north doorway and a chancel arch possibly from the late seventeenth-century.

The east window was gifted by rector the Revd Lord Hawke, father of Martin, Lord Hawke, stalwart of Yorkshire County Cricket Club and President of MCC.

Mark Acton, 2012

Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Lord Hawke, Norman window
Willingham by Stow, St Helen
Willingham by Stow, St Helen
Willingham by Stow, St Helen

The restoration of 1880 was carried out by F S Brodrick and R G Smith. Brodrick was the nephew of the more famous architect Cuthbert Brodrick of Leeds.

July 2015

Willingham by Stow, St Helen church, Broderick and Smith
Willingham by Stow, St Helen
Willingham by Stow, St Helen
Willingham by Stow, St Helen

Because of the churchyard trees and bushes - and the proximity of the road to the north - it is difficult to get a clear view of the church except from the south-east.

July 2015

Willingham by Stow, St Helen church
Willingham by Stow, St Helen
Willingham by Stow, St Helen
Willingham by Stow, St Helen

Kelly's Directory 1913 has :-

"The church of St. Helen is an edifice of stone in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel with organ chamber, nave, south porch and a western tower with pinnacles, containing 6 bells, hung in 1905 at the expense of R.C. Bacon esq.:

the nave dates in part from the 11th century and the tower from the 14th: and there are mural monuments to the Peel and Dymoke-Wells families, and a stained east window to the Hawke family:

the body of the church was rebuilt in 1880, at a cost of £2,000, by the late Mrs. Reynard, in memory of her husband, the Rev. William Reynard M.A. a former rector:

there are 200 sittings"

DB 15 May 2022

Willingham by Stow, Saint Helen Church, image
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel

Chancel rebuilt in 1880 in the Decorated style by Broderick and Smith.

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Willingham by Stow, Saint Helen Church, image, Broderick and Smith
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel 
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel 
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel 

Closer view of the sanctuary and ornate C19 altar rail.

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Willingham by Stow, Saint Helen Church, image
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel, Aumbry
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel, Aumbry
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel, Aumbry

"C19 aumbry in north wall with ornate cusping, nook shafts, etc"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1146826?section=official-list-entry 

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Willingham by Stow, Saint Helen Church, image, aumbry
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel, East Window
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel, East Window
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel, East Window

Church guide notes state that :-

"The stained glass east window is a memorial to the Hawke family. The Revd. Lord Hawke was rector here from 1853 to 1874. His son, however, was perhaps better remembered for his cricketing prowess, having played for, and captained Yorkshire, and then gone on to play for the MCC" 

Glass by Burlison and Grylls.

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Willingham by Stow, Saint Helen Church, image, window stained glass, Lord Hawke, Burlison and Grylls
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel, Organ
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel, Organ
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel, Organ

Church guide notes state that "The organ with its 16 stops was installed in 1883 and converted to electricity earlier this century"

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Willingham by Stow, Saint Helen Church, image, organ
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel, South Window
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel, South Window
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel, South Window

left "ELIJAH WENT UP BY A WHIRLWIND INTO HEAVEN" & right "HE ASCENDED INTO HEAVEN"

Glass by Clayton and Bell.

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Willingham by Stow, Saint Helen Church, image, window stained glass
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel, South Window
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel, South Window
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Chancel, South Window

Left "THEY LIFTED UP JOSEPH OUT OF THE PIT" & right "HE IS RISEN AS HE SAID"

Glass by Clayton and Bell. 

DB 15 May 2022

Willingham by Stow, Saint Helen Church, image, window stained glass
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Nave
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Nave
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Nave

Looking east towards the C17 round headed chancel arch.

White's Directory 1872 reports "The Church (St. Helen) is a neat fabric, with a massive tower. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £18. 6s. 8d., and now at £532, is in the patronage of B. E. Hawke, Esq., and incumbency of the Rt. Hon. and Rev. Ed. Henry Julius, Lord Hawke, who is also vicar of Coates, and has a good residence near the church"

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Willingham by Stow, Saint Helen Church, image
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Nave
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Nave
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Nave

Looking west towards the C19 interior tower arch. Church decorated for the West Lindsey Churches Festival. 

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Willingham by Stow, Saint Helen Church, image
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Nave, Font
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Nave, Font
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Nave, Font

"C12 drum font with small pointed arches on coupled shafts"

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1146826?section=official-list-entry 

DB 15 May 2022

Willingham by Stow, Saint Helen Church, image, font
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Nave, Pulpit
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Nave, Pulpit
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Nave, Pulpit

Modern pulpit.

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Willingham by Stow, Saint Helen Church, image, pulpit
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Nave, War Memorial
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Nave, War Memorial
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Nave, War Memorial

Two brass plaques, one for each World War, located adjacent to the chancel arch.

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Willingham by Stow, Saint Helen Church, image, war memorial
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Tower, Bells
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Tower, Bells
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Tower, Bells

Bells rehung in 2008.

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Willingham by Stow, Saint Helen Church, image
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Tower, Monument
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Tower, Monument
Willingham by Stow, St Helen, Tower, Monument

Monument to Robert Wells died 1807 and his wife Susannah died 1796.

DB 15 May 2022

Willingham by Stow, Saint Helen Church, image, monument, Thomas Wells
Willingham by Stow, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Willingham by Stow, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel
Willingham by Stow, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel

The foundation stone for this chapel on High Street was laid in 1885.

The adjoining Sunday School was added 30 years later.

May 2020
Willingham by Stow, Wesleyan Methodist Chapel