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The Church of England Parish of Wheathampstead in the
  Diocese of St Albans in Hertfordshire, England consisting of:

St. Helen's Parish Church & 
St. Peter's, Gustard Wood

St. Helen's is a fine 13th/14th century church (Grade 1 listed) in the centre of Wheathampstead.  map

St. Peters, an attractive neo-gothic chapel of ease at Gustard Wood.  map

 Main web site of St Helens & St Peters (don't miss the Vision)

 History of St Helenís    |  History of St Peter's

Work in the Chancel, 2008

During the first quarter of 2008 the Chancel was refurbished - this involved cleaning of the ceiling paintings and repainting the walls.  These pictures illustrate some of the progress on the ceiling.


Picture gallery

Volunteer restoration work in progress

A completed restoration


The Bells of St Helen's, Wheathampstead


Bell Date Weight Note
Treble 1972 3-2-13 F
2 1972 4-0-11 E
3 1937 4-2-2 D
4 1937 5-0-4 C
5 1937 6-0-22 Bb
6 1937 7-1-4 A
7 1937 9-1-21 G
Tenor 1937 14-0-22 F


Friends of St. Helen's

Founded in 1970-71, the Friends of St. Helenís was registered as a charity in 1995-96. The constitution expresses their aim as ďThe preservation, repair and restoration of St. Helenís church building for the benefit of the public by the provision of funds and equipment in co-operation with the Parochial Church CouncilĒ.

Over the years, the Friends have contributed to the:

  • Repair and support of the North Wall

  • Recovering of South Transept roof

  • Renovation and repair of the tower and spire

  • External stonework repairs

  • Repair and renovation of the triple lancet windows

  • Stained glass window protection

  • Publication of St. Helenís Church: A Brief History and Guide

  • In 2002, the Friends contributed to the timber treatment of the belfry and tower and the repair of the collapsed West End gable.

  • In 2008 the Friends met one half of the costs of the restoration of the chancel, including the cleaning and re-gilding of its ceiling.

Other Links

The Church of England www.england.anglican.org 
St Albans Diocese  www.stalbans.anglican.org 
Other local Parishes (Link to Diocese page)  www.stalbans.anglican.org/parishes.htm 
Churches Together in England  www.churches-together.org.uk 
Church Mission Society  www.cms-uk.org 

  (updated  23 Sep 2011 )

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