St Helena is the Patron Saint of Colchester. She was the mother of Constantine, the first Christian emperor of Rome. She was said to have travelled in the Holy Land and discovered part of the true cross, hence the living branches included in the Colchester Coat of Arms. She is also the figure depicted at the top of Colchester Town Hall. This picture and three others were once on the old pulpit, which was replaced in the 70’s along with the choir stalls. The four pictures were kept and placed in their present position, on the west wall of the church.
Picture and words from West Mersea Parish Magazine courtesy of Pat Kirby, Mersea Museum