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Amazing architecturePre-Domesday siteMagnificent memorialsSpectacular stained glassInteresting churchyard

Step back in time with a visit to St Oswald’s.

The church is one of the oldest foundations in Doncaster and exhibits a fascinating mix of architectural style. Marooned in an area of industrial decline, the church rewards the visitor with fascinating memorials and the opportunity to tease out the story of the building from the clues that remain.

The church is an architectural lesson in stone, reflecting over a thousand years of development. The dedication of the church possibly arises from a story that it was consecrated as a result of the stay of the body of St. Oswald after his death in the battle of Oswestry in the 7th century.

Saxon architecture is evident, but the church is mainly Norman. It has fine 13th century arcades and a west window from the early 14th century. There are two beautifully carved screens dating from around 1520.

Of particular interest is the famous Rokeby Chapel added in 1520. It contains the remains of William Rokeby, formerly a rector of this church who died as Archbishop of Dublin. The stained glass includes rare panels from before the Reformation.

The remains of an early cross can be seen in the churchyard.

The church is in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust.

If you know anything more about the heritage of this site and would like us to include it here please contact us.


Keyholder noticeTours for groups and schoolsNot accessibile to wheelchair usersParking at Church or nearbyAccessible by public transport

Address: Kirk Sandall Old Village, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN3 1RA

Opening Times: Access can be obtained by contacting the keyholder nearby or The Churches Conservation Trust direct.

Contact: 01302 884216

Directions: M 18 J4. Follow A630. Turn right at 2nd roundabout, then straight across. Turn left onto Brecks Lane, and follow. Straight across Doncaster Road onto Sandall Lane, 3rd right.

Grid Reference: SE 609 081 GB Grid


The text has been written by volunteers from the site, more information can be found when you visit in person.


Doncaster Town & Peatland Four Waterway Walks Kirk Sandall St Oswald HODs 2010


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