St Oswald's Church, Durham

St Oswald's 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]

St Oswald's Church, Durham
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St Oswald's from Church Street
LocationChurch Street, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3DG
DenominationChurch of England
Previous denominationRoman Catholic Church
DedicationOswald of Northumbria
Functional statusParish church
Heritage designationGrade II* listed
Designated6 May 1952
Years builtLate 12th century
ParishSt. Oswald Durham
ArchdeaconryArchdeaconry of Durham
DioceseDiocese of Durham
Priest in chargeThe Revd Peter Kashouris


The present church dates from the late 12th century.[1] It is likely built on the site of an earlier church.[2] It was rebuilt in 1834 by Ignatius Bonomi.[1] In 1864, Hodgson Fowler rebuilt the tower and the chancel, and added an organ chamber.[1][2]

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.[1] Other windows were designed by Kempe and Co., and by Clayton and Bell.[1]

On 6 May 1952, the church was designated a grade II* listed building.[1]

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[3].

Present dayEdit

St Oswald's Church is part of the benefice of Durham St Oswald & Shincliffe St Mary in the Archdeaconry of Durham of the Diocese of Durham.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g Historic England. "Church of St Oswald (1120678)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b "About". St Oswald's Church, Durham. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  3. ^ Jane (2018-07-05). "Restoring St Oswald's organ". Music in Durham. Retrieved 2019-07-02.
  4. ^ "St Oswald, Durham". A Church Near You. Archbishops' Council. 31 March 2017. Retrieved 11 April 2017.

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