About this church
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.