St Oswald’s Church, Fulford has received a National Lottery grant of £53,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to restore the beautiful stained glass window in its north transept.

St Oswald’s is a listed Victorian church in Fulford with a strong and lively congregation. However, the building needs major repair and renovation. In particular the north transept rose window is in a very poor condition and in danger of falling out of its mounting.

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players and the generosity of the church congregation, the project will restore the rose window to its original Victorian beauty. The project will also include a community education project where local people and children can learn about the art, design, meaning and heritage of the stained glass in the church.

David Renwick, Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “We have been delighted to support St Oswald’s Church in Fulford to restore and protect the Rose Window and engage the local community with the stories and heritage of this much-loved local landmark. Thank you to the National Lottery players who have made it possible.”

We are delighted to have received the grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will make possible this really important renovation and community education project. We look forward to inviting all the local people of Fulford into the church to see the results.

The vicar of St Oswald’s: Revd Terence McDonough

About St Oswald’s

St Oswald’s, Fulford is a listed Victorian church. Originally built in 1866, the church was rebuilt in 1877-78 following a serious fire.

St Oswald’s Church plays a very important part in the community life of Fulford. There is a large and active congregation with over 100 people on the electoral roll. It is also the scene for many baptisms, weddings and funerals, including for the traveller community of York who use it as their local church.

The church has an important range of Victorian stained glass windows. The transept windows are by the well-known stained-glass makers, Clayton and Bell, and date from the rebuilding of the church in 1877-1878.

The community education project associated with the restoration will include open days, primary school visits, and special events including guided tours and lessons on stained glass making.