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Brigsley Church - St Helens’ a History and Visit

The church that serves this beautiful little village in Lincolnshire has a fascinating tower showing many stages of the building’s history and is situated in a quiet lane, perched on a precarious slope.

The origins of the standing church go way back to Saxon and early Norman times with the base still visible.
18th century gargoyleThere has been considerable rebuilding work in chalkstone on top of the original ironstone.
The tower, origins circa 11th century, clearly shows several phases of rebuilding, the spire was rebuilt in 1784 and yet again in 1962, right up to the present day - indeed on my second visit there was work being done on the tower.

The gargoyles, one pictured left, look fabulous and date to the 18th century but the chancel and nave go back to the 13th century.

The interior is also a mixture of period pieces with an impressive lectern and an organ case from Brocklesby Park. Another connection there are the monuments to Sir William Pelham and his family.

A search for gravestones with 1700s skull and cross bone designs or any with Freemasonry symbols proved unfruitful.
If you know of any interesting graves or tombstones on the site please do let us know and we’ll investigate further.


Brigsley Church Saint Helen

Brigsley Church Lincolnshire

This is the current extent of our knowledge so clearly lacking. Hopefully future readers of this may come to the rescue with information or anecdotes about the church - anything that adds to the sum of recorded information is not only welcome but positively sought after.
Please do leave a comment if you have any information, thoughts or experiences.

Many thanks in advance
Rod

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