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St Oswald's Through The Ages

The photos show St. Oswald's circa 1918 when the church was at the heart of old village of Kirk Sandall. In circa 1980 the centre of Kirk Sandall had moved to where it is today. In 2015 a planning application was made to build 90+ homes on the site of the Old Village. Building work began in 2018 and was completed in 2021. Although there are no plans to resume using St. Oswald's for regular worship the Church is once again at the centre of a community.

Circa 2021

Circa 1918

Circa 1980


Centenary Walk

in 2019 The Friends wanted to mark the centenary of Pilkington Brothers involvement with the small rural village of Kirk Sandall when they made their decision to build their new factory here. It is still possible to walk from St. Oswald's Church through the Pilkington Garden Village and although the community is very different in size and character now there are buildings and evidence of the way it used to be.

This small pamphlet was produced for people to purchase to accompany their walk.

Download a copy of the Kirk Sandall Centenary Walk pamphlet and enjoy a walk through the beautiful village and countryside of Kirk Sandall.


Volunteers Required

The Friends of St. Oswald's Church depend on volunteers to staff the Open Days, welcome visitors and help keep the church clean. If you could spare a couple of hours a month during the period May to September we would welcome your involvement.

Please use the enquiry form to send us your contact details and we will get back to you


In 1919 the Pilkington Glass Company acquired land in Kirk Sandall and built a glass factory. To house its workers the Pilkington family built the garden village of Kirk Sandall and including many amenities such as the bowling and cricket clubs.


Please use the enquiry form to send us your contact details and we will get back to you.

By the 1960s the old village of Kirk Sandall had virtually disappeared and the church was isolated from the new village. A new church and church hall were built and St Oswald's church was redundant. In 1980 it was taken over by The Redundant Churches Fund, which is now known as The Churches Conservation Trust. It cares for and maintains the church so that this priceless gem can be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

The Friends of St. Oswald’s aims to hold an Open Day each month between May and September. Please check the Events section for the latest dates. Anyone wanting to visit at other times should either contact The Friends via this website using the enquiry form or contact The Churches Conservation Trust website on visitchurches.org.uk

Why not join the friends to help us to do this and more.


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