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St. Helens Chapel (Colchester)

St. Helens Chapel is a very old place of worship in the ancient town of Colchester.

It is situated on the corner of St. Helens Lane and Maidenburgh Street.

Local tradition asserts that the chapel was founded by none other than St. Helen, the mother of the Emperor Constantine. She is widely believed to have been born at Colchester.

While it is unlikely to be that old, it does seem to have been built around the 8th century, and certainly before the Norman Conquest.

The walls are of flint with courses of Roman brick.

It served for a while as a Meeting House for the Society of Friends, and was later a museum store.

Today St. Helens is used as the Greek Orthodox Church.

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