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Eston Church Rebuild Progress

St Helen’s Church in Eston, now a suburb of Middlesbrough, was abandoned in the mid-1980s. Due to continued attack by vandals, the Council decided to demolish it because of its ruinous state.


Beamish was invited by the Church Commission to dismantle the church in 1998 and having moved each numbered stone, begin to rebuild it in 2010 as accurately as possible at the Museum using traditional lime-mortar. It is the oldest, most complex and carefully reconstructed building that Beamish has ever moved and will be set in the late Georgian period, which corresponds to an 1822 rebuild of the church.

Phase 2 - Internal fit out and landscaping
The second phase of the restoration of St. Helen’s Church is underway but we need your help! There are lots of ways to provide support.

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If you would like to learn more about how you can help or to make a specific donation please contact Natalie Frank on 0191 370 4054 or by email

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Box Pews

We received the amazing offer of some 1829 box pews which are due to be taken out in a church re-ordering in the West Country. We would like to honour your donation towards the removal and restoration of these box pews by offering a dedication plaque on your pew of choice.

sthelensfontThe Font

Beamish has managed to acquire a 'homeless' mediaeval font and our skilled stonemason can recreate the missing base and re-assemble it in the original position in the Nave under the gallery.


sthelensbellHanging the Bells

In 2011 an amazing opportunity arose to purchase a bell at auction dating back to 1598. Like St. Helen's original, the bell is clearly from a bell cote. More recently the Museum was donated a suitable second bell from the 1760's.

When the Museum deconstructed the Church in the 1990's the charred remains of the ancient oak bell frames survived to be recorded and were carefully replicated in the 2012 reconstruction of the building. One piece of oak was even still serviceable enough to re-incorporate in the new frame. Our bells need to be brought back to their original working order so that the Georgian North area of the Museum can be enhanced by their characteristic sound.