St Paul's Church, Helsby

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St Paul's Church, Helsby
St Paul's Church, Helsby.jpg
St Paul's Church, Helsby, from the south
St Paul's Church, Helsby is located in Cheshire
St Paul's Church, Helsby
St Paul's Church, Helsby
Location in Cheshire
Coordinates: 53°16′39″N 2°45′40″W / 53.2775°N 2.7612°W / 53.2775; -2.7612
OS grid reference SJ 493 758
Location Helsby, Cheshire
Country England
Denomination Anglican
Website St Paul's Helsby
Status Parish church
Dedication Saint Paul
Functional status Active
Heritage designation Grade II
Designated 6 December 1985
Architect(s) John Douglas
Douglas and Minshull
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1868
Completed 1909
Materials Yellow sandstone
Green Westmorland slate roofs
Parish St Paul, Helsby
Deanery Frodsham
Archdeaconry Chester
Diocese Chester
Province York
Vicar(s) Revd Margaret Saville

St Paul's Church is in the village of Helsby, Cheshire, England. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II listed building,[1] and is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Chester, the archdeaconry of Chester and the deanery of Frodsham. Its benefice is combined with that of St Luke, Dunham-on-the-Hill.[2]


The church was built between 1868 and 1870 to a design by the Chester architect John Douglas. The south aisle and chapel were added in 1909 and designed by Douglas and Minshull.[3]


The church is built in yellow sandstone with green Westmorland slate roofs. Its plan consists of a five-bay nave, a south aisle, transepts and a polygonal apsidal chancel.[1] The style of the architecture is Early English.[3] Over the west end of the nave is a towerless spire covered in slate. The windows are lancets with simple tracery.[1]


In the churchyard are two structures also listed at Grade II. At the entrance to the churchyard is a lychgate dating from 1911, consisting of an oak frame on low stone plinth. It has a green slate roof that has ornate bargeboards and finials.[4] Inside the churchyard and overlooking the road is a war memorial dating from 1920. This is in sandstone and consists of a Celtic cross decorated with vine patterns and inscribed with the names of those lost in both World Wars.[5] The churchyard also contains the war grave, east of the church, of a Second World War soldier.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c Historic England, "Church of St Paul, Helsby (1253457)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 1 August 2012
  2. ^ Helsby, St Paul, Church of England, retrieved 9 October 2009
  3. ^ a b Hartwell, Clare; Hyde, Matthew; Hubbard, Edward; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011) [1971], Cheshire, The Buildings of England, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, p. 394, ISBN 978-0-300-17043-6
  4. ^ Historic England, "Lychgate to St Paul's churchyard, Helsby (1253458)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 16 September 2016
  5. ^ Historic England, "Helsby War Memorial (1437912)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 16 September 2016
  6. ^ ELLAMS, LEONARD JAMES, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, retrieved 3 February 2013