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St Helen

St Helen’s sits proud in the centre of this modest Lincolnshire village but in the nearby hills and fields lies a wealth of history including bronze age barrows and Roman roads.

Burgh on Bain, Lincolnshire

Opening times

Open daily in summer from dawn to dusk. Key available during winter months.


Burgh on Bain

Fast forward through the centuries to this rural church. The tower and its arch is Norman and has a battlemented parapet and pinnacles. Over the centuries further additions were made, including the installation of the village clock, situated in the tower.

St Helen’s received a major restoration in 1871–1872 by the Fox family of nearby Girsby Manor. Beautiful stained glass windows were installed. They depict: Adoration of the Magi 1883, Abraham, Moses and Gideon, Miriam and Deborah and The Good Shepherd. The church clock was presented by family in appreciation of the WWI efforts of the village.

The nave and aisle walls have unusual elaborate carved stone texts of this 1871 restoration, some of which have Gothic surrounds and details. Other features include a 17th century wooden lectern which reuses a handsome late 17th century Corinthian capital with fine acanthus leaves and shells, which is believed came from the London Wren church of St Mildred in the Poultry in the City of London.

The area surrounding Burgh on Bain is rich in history. To the north east of the village and immediately to the west of the Viking Way long distant footpath can be found Grim’s Mound. The siting of this well preserved bronze age round barrow allows fine views of the surrounding rolling countryside and this was obviously taken into consideration by the barrow builders. The fields that surround Grim's mound are rich in flint and it could be that some of this flint was collected and passed up and down the ancient track way now known as 'High Street' that runs a couple of miles to the west of the village.

One of the smallest neolithic long barrows in the country can also be found in the area, again near to the High Street. Now covered with a clump of trees it still reaches a height of around 2 metres.

  • Captivating architecture

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Magnificent memorials

  • National heritage here

  • Social heritage stories

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Wildlife haven

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Dog friendly

  • Level access to the main areas

  • On street parking at church

  • Parking within 250m

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Church of England

  • Wolfson Fabric Repair Grant, £5,000, 2021

  • Construction of safe access to tower.

  • Gateway Grant, £5,000, 2021

  • Construction of safe access to the tower.

  • Repair Grant, £6,000, 2007

  • Our Repair Grants funded urgent repair work to help keep churches open.

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