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St Helena's, in Doncaster, South Yorkshire


St Helena's Church was originally built in 1080 by John de Builli, using stone from the Roche Abbey quarries. Pilgrim Fathers William Bradford was born in Austerfield and was brought to be baptised here on 19th March 1589.

Did You Know...

Did you know that it's thought that the calculation of when Easter Day falls was established right here! The Tympanum over the south doorway depicts a serpent-like dragon, and an article from 1954 suggests its 8th century and relates its symbolic meaning to the calculation of the incidence of Easter Day. In 702AD Austerfield was the location of a Synod, where a dispute between the King of Northumbria and Wilfrid, Bishop of Ripon was resolved. They also discussed and agreed the way that Easter would be calculated. In the nave is a Sheila-na-gig of which there are only 16 recorded in England - It's a quasi-erotic stone carving of a female figure found in some Norman churches.

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