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St Helena & St Mary

Situated on rising ground, the church is a spacious cruciform stone building.

Bourn, Cambridgeshire

Opening times

Open daily from 9am to 5pm.


Church Lane
CB23 2SG

The chancel’s perpendicular roof has hammer beams with figures of angels, the chancel arch is modern but perpendicular rood screen survives.

The lofty nave arcades are Transition Norman, the piers alternately circular or octagonal. The nave has very fine and lofty Early English arches, and the south porch, also Early English, bears a cross on the gable.

Set into the floor is an unusual labyrinth formed of red and black floor tiles. Constructed in 1875, shortly after the labyrinth was laid in nearby Ely Cathedral, and likewise situated beneath the west tower, the design is a squared up version of the Hampton Court hedge maze design.

Dowsing, the Puritan iconoclast, visited the church, destroying two angels and some brasses and some crosses on the tower and chancel. The nave was restored in 1875-1878 at a cost of £1480.

The register dates from 1564.

  • Social heritage stories

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Ramp or level access available on request

  • Parking within 250m

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Church of England

Contact information

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