This lovely church is 12th century. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086) as Austin. The present spelling was first recorded in 1473.
Between 1180-1200 the church was a simple structure of nave and chancel. All that remains is the west wall showing typical herringbone masonry of the early Norman period. The tower was added in the 13th century. Between 1200-1250 the north aisle was added. The outer masonry a three bay arcade has circular piers, circular abaci and double chamfered arches survive from this period. Between 1300-1350 a south aisle was added, the nave was extended and a new chancel was built. The spectacular east window has five lights.
There are many things to see in this delightful church. The Mensa (original stone altar) was let into the chancel floor for many years, but has been restored. There is a double piscine and sedilia in the sanctuary and an east sepulchre on the north wall. The Chapel of Our Lady has straight headed windows with ogee headed lights dates from the mid 15th century and there are some 14th century glass fragments in the west window. The church also contains and interesting alms box, made of bog oak, a consecration cross, built into the wall, carved heads and two monuments by Chantrey. It is well known for its memorial tablet to George Byard a captain in Cromwells army. He is buried in the church.
The church is a place of peace and tranquillity, where time seems to stand still in the small hamlet which is unchanged in todays hurried world.
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Address: Stocksbridge Lane, Owston, Doncaster, DN6 9JF
Opening Times: First Sunday of the month in the summertime.
Contact: 01302 337101 or 01302 726381 or Ritakeithowston1960@yahoo.co.uk
Directions: A1(M) J37. Take A635 to Doncaster and first left. Turn right onto Green Lane and left at end. At roundabout take 2nd exit and follow into Carcroft. At traffic lights turn right. At end turn left then left.
Grid Reference: SE 551 111 GB Grid
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