Oswaldkirk is a small village and civil parish near Helmsley in the district of Ryedale in North Yorkshire, England. It is named after the village church of St Oswald, King and Martyr, the Anglo-Saxon King of Northumbria who was slain by the pagan, Penda in 642. There is also a Catholic church, dedicated to St Aidan.
Each year the village holds a Safari Lunch, a Cricket match and a Bonfire. Every two years there is a benefice Hog Roast (Ampleforth, Gilling, Stonegrave & Oswaldkirk). In 2002 the village community wrote a book entitled "Oswaldkirk, A Living Village". In 2008, the village reached the North of England Finals in the Calor village of the year competition, and was placed first in the "people" category.
Oswaldkirk is situated to the south of a steep hill, known as "Oswaldkirk Hagg". Many springs rise along the base of the hill, at the boundary of the Kimmeridge clay and the Coralline Oolite. The latter was mined into the twentieth century in numerous quarries on the hagg between Oswaldkirk and Ampleforth, and fossils from the limestone, especially gastropods, are often found in the village.
The first recorded reference to Oswaldkirk was in the Domesday Book. It was referred to as "Oswaldecherca" or "Oswaldecherce" (Oswald's Church).
- Certificate in Village Hall
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