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St Oswald, Collingham, Yorkshire, West Riding

(53°54′34″N, 1°24′28″W)
SE 390 461
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Yorkshire, West Riding
now West Yorkshire
medieval St Oswald
now St Oswald
  • Rita Wood
01 Sep 1997; 09 Apr 2014

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The village of Collingham is located SE of Wetherby and on the River Wharfe. The church, 'small and upright' (Leach and Pevsner 2009, 229), consists of a nave, chancel, N aisle and W tower. The nave and W half of the chancel are mostly pre-Conquest (Kirk 1937a, with a phased plan). Kirk illustrates an exterior view taken before the restoration of 1841. The N arcade is of the later 12thc, but the only surviving original work is in the bases and columns. For details of subsequent changes, see Ryder 1993, 16-17, 93, 147. Near the W entrance to the churchyard part of a round-headed doorway has been reused in the construction of a storehouse.


Despite the existence of the Anglo-Saxon church (Faull and Moorhouse 1981, 350), Collingham is not mentioned in the Domesday Book.


Exterior Features


Interior Features



Ryder (1993, 147) suggests that the N arcade may have been constructed around 1200. The reused doorway, which he does not mention, also appears to be late twelfth-century.

Kirk (1937a, 12) suggests comparing the remains of the N arcade with that surviving at Bramham.


M. L. Faull and S. A. Moorhouse, West Yorkshire: an archaeological survey to AD 1500, Wakefield, 1981.

G. E. Kirk, St. Oswald's Church, Collingham, Leeds, 1937.

P. Leach and N. Pevsner, Yorkshire West Riding: Leeds, Bradford and the North. The Buildings of England, London; New Haven, 2009.

P. F. Ryder, Medieval Churches of West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire Archaeology Service, Wakefield, 1993.