Helpstone, a village and a parish in Northamptonshire. The village stands adjacent to the Syston and Peterborough branch of the M.R., 2 ¼ miles from the boundary with Lincolnshire, and 4 SSW from Market Deeping, and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Market Deeping; money order office, Glinton; telegraph office, the railway station. In the centre of the village there is an ancient stone cross about 30 feet high. The area of the parish is 1863 acres; population, 616. The manor belongs to Lord Resteven. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Peterborough; gross yearly value, £90, including 35 acres of glebe with residence, in the gift of the Fitzwilliam family. The church is of various dates, from Norman downward, has i an Early Norman tower, surmounted by an octagonal Decorated English tower and spire, had once a chantry, was restored in 1884, and contains three sedilia, an octagonal font, and a piscina. During an earlier restoration, in 1865, there were found an ancient stone coffin, many Norman and Early English sepulchral slabs, very many early mediaeval glazed i flooring tiles, and some fragments of Roman flue tiles. There] are Methodist Reform and Primitive Methodist chapels; also large paper mills. John Clare, the peasant poet, was a native.
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