Burton Joyce St Helen


Core fabric largely C13-C14th. Nave C13th; tower developed from C13-C14th; chancel mainly late C14th

Heavily restored 1879

Late C20th extension on north side of nave

Significant Interior Features

Incised ledger stones, late mediaeval, ex situ

Chancel is offset to north on plan indicating a rebuilding phase subsequent to the construction of the nave

Clear change in fabric above the tower arch indicates transition from C13th to C14th phase

Hagioscope from north nave aisle into chancel

Bole hole/window in tower 1st floor E.wall (now opens into nave roof space)

Bell in N.aisle probably by Seliok, c.1520 (scheduled for preservation)

Inscription band of second bell

Timbers and roofs

  Nave Chancel Tower
Main Rib and panel: 1879 1879 panelling Planking prob. 1879 above stone (also prob. 1879)
S.Aisle All 1879 n/a  
N.Aisle All 1879 n/a  
Other principal     1879 & later floors
Other timbers     Late mediaeval bell frame


Three pit, timber, late mediaeval frame, probably pre-1552

Long head with curved braces - requires more detailed recording

Scheduled for preservation (3 - pending further investigation).


  Nave Chancel Tower
Plaster covering & date Plaster 1879 Plaster 1879 No plaster
Potential for wall paintings Very unlikely Very unlikely Nil

Excavations and potential for survival of below-ground archaeology

An archaeological watching-brief accompanied the shallow excavation for the meeting room extension on the north side of the church in 1988 (County SMR). As the structure was built using a raft construction method, no disturbance of archaeological deposits took place. Fragmentary, disarticulated human remains were encountered.

Plan of excavationsArchaeological excavation was undertaken in advance of the installation of a new under floor heating system in the nave and nave aisles in 1997 (John Samuels Archaeological Consultants: Report No. 180/97/002). A deposit of brick rubble and other debris, probably associated with the restoration of 1879, extended to the full depth of excavation over the entire area affected. No stratigraphical layers of pre-C19th archaeological importance were identified. A large brick vault was located in the S.E. of the area excavated, measuring 2.1 m x 1.1 m, within which were two inhumation burials in coffins; these were left undisturbed. Some indication of mixed earlier deposits was evident in the extreme S.E. corner of the excavation, which included wall plaster and degraded mortar.

Photograph of excavations Photograph of excavations Photograph showing the brick vault

The overall potential for the survival of below-ground archaeology in the churchyard is considered to be moderate and below the present interior floors is considered to be moderate.

Exterior:Principally inhumation burials of C12-C19th date. Some evidence for reconstruction of chancel in C14th possible.

Interior:Heavy C19th disturbance evident in 1997 excavation. Post-mediaeval vaults known to exist but extent unknown. Evidence from C13/14th construction phases likely at greater depths.

Standing fabric has potential for retention of evidence relating to important constructional and phase changes, especially in the west tower.