ⓘ St Oswalds Church, Durham. St Oswalds Church is a Church of England parish church in Durham, County Durham. The church is a grade II* listed building and it dat ..

                                     

ⓘ St Oswalds Church, Durham

St Oswalds Church is a Church of England parish church in Durham, County Durham. The church is a grade II* listed building and it dates from the 12th century.

                                     

1. History

The present church dates from the late 12th century. It is likely built on the site of an earlier church. It was rebuilt in 1834 by Ignatius Bonomi. In 1864, Hodgson Fowler rebuilt the tower and the chancel, and added an organ chamber.

The church has stained glass windows. The west window dates from 1864 to 1866 and was designed by Morris & Co with some panels by Ford Madox Brown. Other windows were designed by Kempe and Co., and by Clayton and Bell.

On 6 May 1952, the church was designated a grade II* listed building.

In 1984, the organ and part of the chancel were destroyed by fire. A new organ was built by Peter Collins to the specifications of the organist David Higgins, and installed in a new gallery at the west end of the church. The organ was restored in 2019.

                                     

2. Notable people

  • David Higgins, organist and choirmaster from 1974 to 2006

Notable clergy

  • Anthony Belasyse, later Archdeacon of Colchester, served as vicar in the middle of the 16th century
  • Mowbray ORorke, later Bishop of Accra, served a curacy here in durham.
  • John Bacchus Dykes, served as vicar from 1862 to his death in 1876
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