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Oswaldkirk – St Aidan

Oswaldkirk, York, North Yorkshire

This church, built in the 1960s, is not of special architectural or historic interest, but occupies a prominent position on a raised site on the edge of the village. 

Before the church was built, local Catholics worshipped in the village hall and private houses (although Ampleforth Abbey is only a mile or so away). The present church was built in 1963.

According to a local history website, the architect for the church was Ewan Blackledge. The church is built of local stone, roughly coursed. Slightly canted bluff main front with superimposed triple arched lights containing coloured glass designed and cut by Derek Clarke. Timber cross fixed to centre of the main façade. The church has a steeply pitched monopitch roof of steel construction, plywood boarded and externally felted. The scale drops right down at the rear, from which point (on the west side) the building is entered. A small vestibule leads into a large worship space, faced internally in brick, with sacristy and ancillary functions at the back.

The church has been adorned with various furnishings. Notable amongst these is the timber frieze of the Stations of the Cross across the back wall (1969), carved by John Bunting, a local resident and former art teacher atAmpleforthCollegewhose work can also be seen at Kirkbymoorside (qv). 

Heritage Details

Architect: Ewan Blackledge

Original Date: 1963

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed