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Church of St Oswald, Castle Bolton

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Church of St Oswald, Castle Bolton

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Church of St Oswald, Castle Bolton

Historical Environment Record No: MYD34601

Parish: Castle Bolton

OS Grid Reference: SE033918

Dale: Lower Wensleydale

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St Oswald’s Church dates to the early 14th century although carved stones built into the tower may indicate an earlier 12th century structure. The sundial on the porch is now permanently shadowed by Bolton Castle showing that the latter was built later. Unusually there is no division between the chancel and the nave but a beam, which formed part of the old rood screen can still be seen on the west wall of the tower. The sedilia (triple stone seats) is particularly fine and is of the Decorated Period when the church was originally built.
Jagger, Peter J (No Date) St Oswald's Church, Castle Bolton. Postcard on sale in church


Sited at west end of Catle Bolton village near Bolton Castle. National Park car park (charge) with toilets nearby. Usually open during daylight hours. See for further details

Public Transport Details

Nearest town/village: Castle Bolton. Call Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 to plan your journey. After the welcome message key in 885 for North Yorkshire information


2 or 3 steps up to path into churchyard.

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