St.Oswald's Church in N.E. England, a place of worship for about 1400 years.
This evening, I am posting information on the historic church of St. Oswald which is located near Chollerford,about 25 miles west of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in N.E. England.
This is a historic church on an equally historic site, namely site of the Battle of Heavenfield which took place in AD 635. At the Battle, the Christian King Oswald defeated a pagan army from whereon Oswald was held in high esteem in the early Christian Church as manifested in many eponymous churches and a St. Oswald’s Day which is celebrated on August 5th.
The current church is probably the third such building on the site. There is evidence and/or records of a Saxon church, replaced by a medieval building in turn replaced by the current church in 1817.
Features of the current church include:
- Interior with simple chancel and limewashed stone.
- Close to the font is a Roman altar used as a cross-base. (This stonework was likely re-cycled from a site on nearby Hadrian’s Wall.)
- Exterior features a simple belfry-arch and a sundial fixed in the south wall.
The site and building are conveniently situated for the Hadrian’s Wall Path, a hiking trail which links the east and west coasts of England.