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St Oswald's Church, Durham
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St Oswald's from Church Street
Location Church Street, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3DG
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Previous denomination Roman Catholic Church
Churchmanship Traditional
Status Active
Dedication Oswald of Northumbria
Functional status Parish church
Heritage designation Grade II* listed
Designated 6 May 1952
Years built Late 12th century
Parish St. Oswald Durham
Deanery Durham
Archdeaconry Archdeaconry of Durham
Diocese Diocese of 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.


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

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

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

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.

Present day

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.

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