St Oswald’s church building has an interesting history!

In about 1140AD a stone chapel was built in Sowerby, and what remains of that is the south wall and the south door (with its fantastic stonework) of our present church. The bell tower was added sometime in the 15th Century. In the early 19th Century the village grew rapidly and the church was no longer big enough. In 1840 the north and south transepts and sanctuary were added, transforming it into a cross-shaped church. To increase light the lantern over the central crossing was built in 1883. By 1900 the village was bigger still and the north aisle was added. To find out more you can access our history leaflet here.