St Oswald's Church, Swinbrook

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St Oswald's Church is a redundant Anglican church in the village of Lassington and the civil parish of Highnam, Gloucestershire, England. Only its tower now survives. The tower is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building, and is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.
Construction of the tower began in the late 11th century. The church was initially a chapel of St Oswald's Priory in Gloucester. The nave and south porch of the church were in Norman style, and the chancel was Early English. A third stage was added to the tower in the 14th century. In 1678 a south chapel was demolished, and the following year the south wall of the chancel was rebuilt and two new windows were added. A major restoration was carried out in 1875 by Medland and Son. This consisted of demolishing all the church except for the tower, rebuilding it on its original footings, and adding an organ chamber and vestry on the north side of the chancel. The fabric of the building deteriorated during the 20th century, and by 1970 there were holes in the roof. It was declared redundant in 1972, and the body of the church was demolished in 1975, leaving only the tower. The tower was restored the following year. It had been vested in the Churches Conservation Trust on 6 September 1974.
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  • This small church can be walked to from a lane in Fulbrook. The walk is beautiful, and makes arriving at this 800+ year-old church all the more meaningful. While the church was closed to entry on the ...  more »
  • Accessible by various lovely walks from the edge of Burford, Fulbrook or Swinbrook this delightful Chapel is well worth stopping of at.  more »
  • while it's not a spectacular church compared to many larger ones. That is exactly why it's such a beautiful charming church It's really a wonderful church. if you go in it's easy to imagine the lord and the workers inside on a holy day. I remember coming across this and being stunned by its simplicity which adds to it's charm. Well worth a visit, and the setting is very nice.
  • It is like many other old churches in England. However, this one is different as it has some original medieval paintings on the inside walls. I find that quite special.
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