St Aidan’s Roman Catholic Chapel of Ease*

This church is now closed.

At one time Mass in Oswaldkirk was celebrated in private houses and in the old village hall, but in about 1960 the Catholics of Hovingham, Nunnington, Oswaldkirk and Stonegrave came together to raise funds for the building of a church in Oswaldkirk. Building work began in September 1961 and the Church was solemnly blessed by Abbot (later Cardinal) Basil Hume in December 1963. According to records the Church and car park cost £11, 270 – a large sum for a small community over 50 years ago. The Architects were Blackledge and Broughton. Notable inside is the timber frieze of the Stations of the Cross across the back wall (1969), carved by John Bunting, a local resident and former art teacher at Ampleforth College.

*A chapel of ease is a church building other than the parish church, built within the bounds of a parish for the attendance of those who cannot reach the parish church conveniently.