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“What a contrast to the outside.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St. Oswald's Church

St. Oswald's Church
Grasmere, England
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Ranked #6 of 15 attractions in Grasmere
Type: Religious Sites, Cemeteries
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Owner description: The simple tombstone of William Wadsworth and his wife Mary is located in the churchyard, making this church one of the most visited literary shrines in the world.
Barnard Castle, United Kingdom
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“What a contrast to the outside.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

I've walked through the churchyard many times, but the pebble-dashed exterior looks almost suburban. Inside you see why this is Grade 1 listed. A very early church with wonderful timbers. Not to be missed.

Visited June 2013
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Nottingham
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“Listen to the chimes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

What an unusually quaint church, do go in and have a look around, well worth it. Also make sure you listen to the chimes, they start around two minutes after the hour chimes and are so pretty.

Visited July 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“William Wordsworth's grave”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Beautiful church with a lovely smell of Gingerbread from the Gingerbread shop next door
Beautifully looked after

Visited June 2013
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Hornsea, United Kingdom
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“lovely old church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

got married there in 1970!! I suggest a visit in August for the Rush Bearing, have taken part as a child many time as did my children and my Mother when she was a child/

Visited June 2013
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“Peaceful Churchyard where the poet Wordsworth is buried”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

Visited St Oswald's on a rather cold, damp day. The earliest part of the present church dates from 1250 AD. The church is dedicated to St Oswald who came to the Grasmere valley in 642AD. He was the king of Northumbria & was known for his generosity & was specially commended for this by St Aidan of Lindisfarne. There are some attractive stained glass windows. Be sure to see the memorial to William Wordsworth on the wall to the left as you face the altar. Outside in the churchyard Wordsworth together with some members of his family is buried. It is a lovely peaceful spot with sheep grazing in the distance. Wordsworth is said to have described Grasmere as "the fairest place on earth".

Visited April 2013
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