Saint Oswald’s Church, Grasmere, Cumbria
You have to step inside Saint Oswald’s Church to reveal the true beauty of its architecture. Suspended wooden beams above a stone flagged floor. Double Arches down the interior wall are an added distinction.
A church has stood on this spot since 642 when Oswald of Northumberland, King of Northumberland established the original place of worship. Saint Oswald’s as we see it today is pretty much as it was when reconstructed in the 14th century and further enlarged around the start of the 16th century.
The exterior is much more basic, a slate roof, squat tower and rather dark pebble dashed walls.
If it was not for one famous family, Saint Oswald’s would just be another village church. But most visitors to the church today are ‘followers’ of the Poet William Wordsworth. He and his family lived close by and worshiped here….indeed the family graves are situated in Saint Oswald’s graveyard.
The village of Grasmere can rightly claim to be THE Wordsworth Centre. Followers from across the world make pilgrimage to the village. There is a Wordsworth Museum which incorporates a tribute to all the Lakeland Poets influenced by Wordsworth. Dove Cottage and Rydal Mount, Wordsworth family residences are also open to view….just pick a quiet time to view as it does get pretty busy.
(C) David Oakes 2017