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St Oswald

In spite of the eclectic origins of its many parts, St Oswald's significance lies it its alterations and accumulation of features over time including Norman font and walls, 13th century windows, 15th century chancel and furniture by Thompson (the Mouseman).

Dean, Cumbria

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The church is open all day, every day of the year.
Happily we are able to keep it open 24 hours a day, a sanctuary of peace and a place for personal meditation as well as hunting carved mice.


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Medieval grave slabs and tomb recesses are built into the general fabric, and the whole is deliciously garnished with three medieval gargoyles now a rarity in Cumbria.

Parts of St Oswald's date back to the 12th century, the rest has been gradually added, but there is some evidence that a wooden building stood here from Saxon times

The font which stands just inside the church door is the original Norman one, although the wooden cover was made locally in Victorian times. Also added in the late Victorian era are the various stained glass windows.

The pulpit, lectern, pews and bookcase are additions from the 1960s, manufactured and installed by Robert Thompson of Kilburn, Yorkshire. There are over twenty of his carved ‘mouse’ trademark around the building, a continual reminder that it has been a place of quiet activity for a thousand years

Although it’s an ancient building, St Oswald's is much more than a monument to the past. It continues to be the meeting place for an active Christian congregation, dedicated to the missionary ideals of St Oswald.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

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