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St Oswald

This is one of Cumbria's finest small churches, hidden away down a stone walk, with, uniquely, a stone bell tower on the hill above.

Kirkoswald, Cumbria

Opening times

The church is opened by a team of volunteers from Easter to October, from 9am to 6pm.


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The church is medieval, the earliest parts dating back to 1130.

The nave is constructed round four Romanesques arches; the chancel leads up to the altar and the fine East window, designed by John Scott in the 19th century. The nave was formerly used as a private chapel by the local Featherstonhaugh family, many of whom are commemorated in memorial plaques. Other items of interest are the stone faces carved at the base of the west window, and the poppyheads on the end of the pews at the front of the church.

The surrounding churchyard contains many old and interesting headstones dating back to the 18th century.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

Contact information

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