SE 18 NE THORNTON STEWARD THORNTON STEWARD
4/128 Church of St Oswald
(Formerly listed under General)
Church. C11 Anglo-Saxon or early Romanesque with C14, C17 and C19 alterations.
Rubble with ashlar details, Welsh slate and lead roofs. Nave and chancel
with west porch and north vestry. Porch: re-set early Romanesque south
doorway with one order of vestigial attached shafts and chevrons on
voussoirs. First World War memorial in tympanum. Nave: quoins; to south
2 windows of 2 trefoiled lights with quatrefoil above and label, that to
right of C14, that to left a late C19 copy of same, also blocked remains of
earlier windows; to north, blocked doorway with interrupted jambs, and
2 lancets. Copings, the west gable steeper and with double bellcote,
2 bells, Welsh slate roof. Chancel: quoins, priest's door in flat-headed
chamfered surround, low side window with chamfered surround; to south,
2 windows of plain paired lancets, also blocked remains of earlier windows;
to north, lean-to vestry and heating chamber; terminating string-course;
lead roof. East wall: paired lancet window and outline of much larger
window; coping, gable cross. Interior: in nave, jambs of blocked south
doorway, remains of small, round-headed windows at high level, also earlier
tall, round-headed chancel arch above Gothic survival 4-centred chancel arch
on corniced springers. Flat roof to nave, perhaps C18; almost flat roof to
chancel with finials, perhaps C17. In chancel, on north side C14 tomb
recess with richly moulded pointed segmental arch and carved heads at apex
and stops, stone sedile, aumbry with torus moulding. Octagonal font resting
on 8 shafts with foliated C13 capitals, Jacobean cover with ball finial.
Above tower door, royal coat of arms. Floor slabs in chancel to Rev George
Shillito, vicar for 47 years, d 1748; Richard Shillito, Chief Constable,
d 1781; also brass to Prudence, wife of Rev George Shillito, d 1748.
Fragments of Anglo-Scandinavian sculptured crosses. In porch, 2 medieval
grave covers, one of C13 type with base of cross, shears and letters 'M G'.
Listing NGR: SE1705086939