Places of Worship

St Oswald's Church, Lythe

Client: The PCC of St Oswald's Church

St Oswald's Church at Lythe, near Whitby, has early English origins, but these vestiges of the earlier church are evident only in parts of the north wall. This Grade I listed church, most noticeable from far-off approaches by road, was altered comprehensively between 1910 and 1911 by Sir Walter Tapper. The quality of the design and execution of the alterations, particularly the internal joinery, is of the highest quality.

The isolated position of the church had meant that it had been a target for thieves, resulting in lead being stolen from the roofs on a number of occasions. All lower roofs were subsequently re-covered using stainless steel. Valuable lead rainwater pipes and ornamental hoppers, designed by Tapper have been stored and replaced with GRP replicas to avoid theft.

Upper roofs have recently been recovered in sandstone tiles from Ladycross quarry in County Durham.

Internally, a programme of heating improvements were undertaken comprising a new boiler, controls and pipework re-using existing floor ducts. Additionally, a new lighting scheme has been installed throughout the church, providing flexible and effective lighting arrangements to enhance the church's considerable qualities.

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