Worcester’s oldest church with roots many hundreds of years in the past.
St Helen’s Church of Worcester is one of the oldest in the city and widely recognised as the “mother church” of Worcester. Research shows that the religious significance of the location dates back to at least the Anglo-Saxon period with some significant suggestion that the site may even date back to roman times. This is supported by the church being dedicated to ‘Helena’ the mother of Emperor Constantine (306 to 337 AD). It would appear that before the founding of the ‘see of Worcester’ in c675, the church was already the dominant place of worship for the region and at the heart of a large rural parish. The interior of the church is generally from the mid-15th century with some aspects of stonework from around 1288. During the 19th century St Helen’s was first restored in 1863 by Frederick Preedy and then again in 1879 by Sir George Aston Webb. It eased be in used as a place of worship around 1938 after which it was used as a canteen for the Armed forces during WWII. From 1957 to 2002 it served as the County Record Office. In 2005 it was returned to the parish of All Saints’.
There are a number of excellent features worth seeing within the building and a grant from the lottery fund has made it possible to further restore the church and launch a range of new activities including tourist trails, history days, art exhibitions, sports activities, concerts and afternoon teas. Further plans include the installation of interactive displays, historic timelines and videos – that will explore and reveal the rich Medieval and Civil War history of St Helen’s Anglican Church of Worcester. Once again used as a place of worship, there is a weekly service on Sunday evenings.
ADDRESS & CONTACT
Fish Street, Worcester, Worcestershire, England – WR1 2HN
Sat Nav Postcode: WR1 2HN
Sat Nav Postcode Parking: WR1 2LU