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.
A cemetery of half an acre was formed in 1881, at a cost of £400, and is under the control of the parish council.
The register dates from the year 1685.
Church of England
St. Botolph (parish church)
The church of St. Botolph is an ancient building of stone chiefly in the Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles, with some traces of Norman work, and consists of chancel, clerestoried nave, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower with octagonal spire, containing a clock and 3 bells: the lower part of the tower is Early Norman and stands within the nave; the upper part, including the spire, is Decorated and was rebuilt in 1864: in the north wall is a chantry door now blocked up, the chantry having been destroyed: the chancel retains altar brackets, a piscina and Early English sedilia on both sides: in the north aisle is an aumbry and in the south aisle a piscina and altar brackets: the south porch is Decorated: the inner doorway Early English: the door bears the inscription "W. C. fecit, 1798:" near the chancel door is a low side window barred with iron, and some ancient tiles are still extant: the font consists of an octagonal basin on a plain octagonal stem: the west window is a memorial to the Campbell family: in the north aisle, on a slab of blue marble about 9 feet long and 3 feet wide, are the remains of a curious but mutilated inscription in Lombardic characters, temp. Edward I.: the church was thoroughly restored in 1884, at a cost of £800, and in 1901 the chancel floor was relaid with black and white marble: in 1902, the porch was restored at a cost of about £60, as a memorial to the Rev. J. A. Legh Campbell M.A. vicar 1855-88: oak choir stalls, an oak pulpit and brass altar and pulpit rails were added in 1913; in the same year, the floor of the centre aisle was relaid and the whole of the foundations repaired: there are 300 sittings.
The Methodist chapel was built in 1863.
Primitive Methodist chapel
The Primitive Methodist chapel was built in 1871.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
Transcript of the entry for Helpstone (St. Botolph) from Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848
Newspapers and Periodicals
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