Over Christmas the two leaded windows in the chancel of St Helen’s Church have been completed.
The fifteenth century east end window now has its new diamond panes in place and the recreation of the Tudor stained glass window to the south is also finished. The original Tudor window had long since been destroyed by the time that Beamish acquired the church, but records detailed that it depicted an image of St Helen; the mother of the first Christian Rome Emperor, Constantine, and the believed discoverer of the true cross. The design of the recreated window was based on other contemporary images of the saint and has been made by hand by a local glazier. The Latin inscription at the top of the window reads ‘For the people of St Helen’s Church in the year 2014’.