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St Helen's Church, Stonegate

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St Helen's Church, Stonegate
St Helen Stonegate is on the south-east corner of Davygate and Stonegate in the centre of York. The church is dedicated to Helena (c.248-c.327), wife of the Emperor Constantius Chlorus and mother of Constantine the Great, the first Christian emperor, who was proclaimed in York in 306. Her popularity in Yorkshire is indicated by the high number of medieval church dedications to her. This church was first mentioned in 1235, but a church was already on the site in the 1100s.
The building was restored after 1554. Until 1745, when the square in front of the church was created, much of this area was occupied by a churchyard bounded on two sides by Stonegate and Davygate. In 1805 and 1814 significant repairs were undertaken. The steeple was replaced by a light belfry and lantern, which were in turn replaced by the rebuilt steeple in 1875. The church was closed soon after 1910, and only an appeal saved it. York Chinese Church also meets here. [The History Files]

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St Helen's Church is located at OS Grid Ref. SE6020351971

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