Saturday, 5 August 2017

St Oswald’s Church, Guiseley

St Oswald's Church in Guiseley, West Yorkshire, England, is an active Anglican parish church in the archdeaconry of Leeds and the Diocese of Leeds.

The church dates back to the late-11th or early-12th century with later additions. The church was altered significantly by architect Sir Charles Nicholson in 1909. The church was Grade I listed on 19 September 1962

The marriage of Patrick Brontë  ( Father of the Bronte sisters) and Maria Branwell took place in the church on 29 December 1812

I'm thinking these are grave numbers, there will be a list in the church of who is buried here. This is the first time I have come across these.

Some of the symbols of certain trades are much older and more common  such as the smith - whether the blacksmith who worked iron or the tinsmith, the silver and copper smiths. These came together under the signs of the `Hammermen`  and included workers of   almost any kind who applied a hammer in the course of production, Thus it also included the armourers, goldsmiths, pewter workers, glovers, saddlers, and even girdlemakers. Some of the specialist groups later formed their own guilds or society. The general symbol was the crown above a hammer, but also the anvil, pincers, rasps, horshoes, bellows and wire drawing tools for making nails used by the metal smiths / blacksmiths.

Chest Tomb

Crosses have been carved into the flags to stop them from been pinched, they are the same at Adel Church.

Grave stones make the path round the church, some completely without words due erosion. 

There were two stone coffins 

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This is the first graveyard (out of the first few I have visited) that shows sings of vandalism. One or two head stones pushed over. The stained-glass winders have covers on the outside to stop them from getting smashed.

The graveyard is well looked after as I am finding out some are not very well kept, with bottles and old plastic flowers just dumped in a pile often next to the gate as you walk up to a church. Most of the churches have a managed wildlife area and some are just wild !

This is embedded into the building just outside the main door.

As you walk through up to the church , you can see all the names of the Guiseley men who died during the war 1914-1918

Not far from the church is...

Guiseley Wells 

Guiseley Wells after restoration is complete. It is believed that the earliest settlement in the area dates back to the 7th century around a natural spring and the site of St. Oswald's Church and Town Street. The town wells have provided generations of Guiseley inhabitants with fresh water over the centuries. A plaque reads 'Guiseley Wells, Around which this Township Grew. This plaque presented by the Aireborough & Horsforth Museum Society, 1972.' The more recent restoration was carried out by members of the Rotary Club of Aireborough (LINK)

Guiseley stocks and Cross is also just across the road from the church.



The church can be open during the day, but to day there was no one in, inside there is 
The  Guiseley Cross, I will write about the inside when Iv'e been in.

You can read about it here, and more information about the church can be seen here



  1. Another super post Amanda - what an interesting church, churchyard AND village!! So many different types of gravestone, tomb and monuments. Some of them I have never seen before. It is fascinating to read about the hammer-men too. I've been trying to find gravestones with symbols to do with trades but have had little luck so far. Good to see the grave numbers - could be interesting if you can access the book when the church is open.

    Such a shame about the vandalism and need to cover the stained glass. I read a year or so back of a stained glass window being smashed at the church of Wootton Wawen which is such a lovely village too. Interesting to read about the Bronte sisters' father being married there. We never had time to visit Howarth last September but we did love Yorkshire and will return.

    1. Thanks RR, have been learning so much, not just about churches but history in general. Posted the photo of the lamps in Guiseley memories, (on Facebook ) asking if anybody new the age of the lamps in the church yard. Chap got back and said there would be records in the church, so will pop back next week now and see is I can catch someone in.

      It has a good rage of head stones , I like the big chunky cross. I didn't know Bronte sisters' father got married here. I used to work in a gift shop in Haworth many moons ago, never went round the church so that's on my list to go to....
      Amanda xx