St Helen's Church, Waddington

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St Helen's Church, Waddington
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St Helen's Church, Waddington, from the southwest
St Helen's Church, Waddington is located in the Borough of Ribble Valley
St Helen's Church, Waddington
St Helen's Church, Waddington
Location in the Borough of Ribble Valley
Coordinates: 53°53′24″N 2°24′52″W / 53.8899°N 2.4144°W / 53.8899; -2.4144
OS grid reference SD 729,438
Location Waddington, Lancashire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Helen, Waddington
Dedication Saint Helen
Status Parish church
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II*
Designated 16 November 1964
Architect(s) Austin and Paley
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic, Gothic Revival
Completed 1901
Materials Sandstone, stone slate roofs
Parish Waddington
Deanery Whalley
Archdeaconry Blackburn
Diocese Blackburn
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd John Brocklehurst

St Helen's Church is in the village of Waddington, Lancashire, England. It is an active Anglican parish church in the deanery of Whalley, the archdeaconry of Blackburn, and the Diocese of Blackburn.[1][2] Its benefice is united with that of St Catherine, West Bradford.[3] The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building.[4]


The church dates from about 1500,[4] but only the tower remains from that time. The nave and chancel were rebuilt in 1898–1901 by the Lancaster architects Austin and Paley.[5]


St Helen's is constructed in sandstone with stone slate roofs. Its plan consists of a nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles, a south porch, short north and south transepts, a lower chancel, and a west tower. The tower is in three stages with a west doorway, above which is a three-light window. The bell openings have two lights, and the parapet is embattled, with pinnacles and gargoyles at the corners. The parapets of the aisles are also embattled. The east window of the chancel has five lights.[4]

Inside the church are open timber roofs. The five-bay arcades have pointed arches carried on octagonal piers. Above the inner arch of the west door are nine carved heads. The octagonal sandstone font dates from the 16th-century, and has a bowl carved with the instruments of the Passion.[4] In the west window of the tower is stained glass dating from the 19th century, depicting St Helen flanked by the Saxon chieftain Wadda, and King Henry VI.[6] There is a ring of six bells, all cast in 1972 by John Taylor & Co.[7]

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  1. ^ Semley, Ronnie (16 April 2014). "Diocese of Blackburn is now home to SIX new Parishes". Diocese of Blackburn. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bishop of Blackburn Julian welcomes new parishes to diocese". Lancashire Telegraph. Newsquest (North West). 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Waddington: St Helen, Waddington, Church of England, retrieved 8 August 2012 
  4. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St Helen, Waddington (1163679)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 8 August 2012 
  5. ^ Brandwood, Geoff; Austin, Tim; Hughes, John; Price, James (2012), The Architecture of Sharpe, Paley and Austin, Swindon: English Heritage, p. 243, ISBN 978-1-84802-049-8 
  6. ^ St. Helen's Church Waddington, Ribble Valley Borough Council, retrieved 8 August 2012 
  7. ^ Waddington, St Helen, Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers, retrieved 8 August 2012