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Church of St Oswald, Durham

Description: Church of St Oswald

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 6 May 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 110099

OS Grid Reference: NZ2758541915
OS Grid Coordinates: 427585, 541915
Latitude/Longitude: 54.7714, -1.5727

Locality: Durham
County: Durham
Country: England
Postcode: DH1 3DG

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Listing Text

NZ 2741 NE (West side)

17/50 Church of St. Oswald

Parish church. Late C12; probably on site of earlier church; extensively rebuilt
1834 by Ignatius Bonomi (chancel, south aisle, west part of north wall, clerestory).
Coursed squared sandstone with ashlar dressings; roof damaged by fire at time of
survey. West tower, aisled nave, chancel with 1864 north vestry, by Hodgson Fowler.

4-stage tower has renewed 4-light west window and blank north and south first
stage; small 2-light windows above with cusped ogee heads; very small square
windows in third stage; tall 2-light belfry openings with 2-centred heads.
Diagonal buttresses with offsets; battlemented parapet with corner gargoyles and
pinnacles. Buttressed south aisle has renewed moulded 2-centred arch in first
bay under ogee-headed niche with blind tracery above; (plainer door in first bay
of north aisle); 2-light windows in 2-centred arches; parapet with sloped coping.
Tudor arches over clerestory windows with 3 cusped lights; battlemented parapet
on shafts. 3-bay chancel has 3 cusped lights; east front has high gable containing
4-light window with reticulated tracery flanked by large diagonal buttresses;
niches in these contain statues under crocketed gablets; spirelets have acanthus
finials. North aisle windows: Decorated in 2 west bays separated by large
buttress from 2 east bays with Perpendicular windows, all of 2 lights. Interior:
plaster with sandstone ashlar arcades and dressings; low-pitched roof has king
posts flanked by 4 queen posts each side; re-used purlins: alternate trusses rest
on re-used braces with angels and masks, said to be from earlier hammer-beam roof.
Nave arcades have chamfered round arches on keeled shafts and 3 round columns at
east end; 2 octagonal columns and octagonal half-columns at west end; 2-centred
slightly-chamfered chancel arch on water-leaf capitals and square piers with
broach-stopped chamfers. North aisle of 2 stages: eastern 3 bays end in transverse
arch and have C16 panelled roof with moulded beams and bosses,now with decoration
removed. Tower has tall double-chamfered arch with moulded square capitals;
square-headed door to stone spiral stair, formed from medieval grave-covers; 8-
ribbed vault with wide circular central rib. Glass in west window 1864-6 by Morris
and Co. with panels by Ford Madox Brown; other windows by Kempe and Co. and by
Clayton and Bell. Undergoing repairs at time of survey.

Listing NGR: NZ2758541915

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Source: English Heritage

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