Stained Glass of St Helen's Church, Bishopgate Norwich
In 1249, Bishop Walter de Suffield founded St Giles’ Hospital, ‘in remission of my sins,’ to care for ‘decrepit’ priests, and also for seven poor scholars. At this time the original St Helen’s church, which stood across the road from the current building was given to he Hospital. In 1270 it was demolished and part of the Hospital church became – and remains – the parish church. The Hospital was dissolved at the Reformation, and was acquired by the City Corporation. It was refounded as the Great Hospital, to care for older Norwich residents with limited means and continues to carry out this role today.
Although the Great Hospital site is both beautiful and of great historical interest, the church’s stained glass is not of particular note.
For further information and to view the details of each window click the boxes below.