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The Historic Mystery of Old St Oswald's Church, Fulford
Sat 10 June 2017, 10:00 – 16:00 BST
A piece of an Anglian-form 9-10th century stone cross was found at the old church of St Oswald in 1980, when the building was converted into a private house. Why was it there?
This discovery raises interesting questions about the origins of the church and its remote riverside location, 1/2mile from the village.
Was a cross first erected to Christianise an ancient crossing point of the Ouse, where travellers gave thanks for a safe passage at a sacred well or spring?
When and why was it dedicated to St Oswald and who was he?
How does it relate to the Anglian Wic and the pre-conquest churches in Fishergate?
Why was the church under the control of St Olave’s in York and how does the founding of the church relate to the establishment of the village?
What was discovered during the archaeological excavations in 1980?
This is also the 150th anniversary of the new church of St Oswald, in Main Street Fulford, where a guided tour will take place during the lunch break.
The conference will end with a guided tour of the churchyard of Old St Oswald, where the stone cross fragment will be on display.
Conference Timetable - (See our website for more details)
9.30 - 10.00 Registration & tea/coffee
10.00 – 10.15 John Oxley – Opening Remarks
10.15 – 11.00 Chris Rainger – Overview of the archaeology & setting Old St Oswald’s in its riverside landscape
11.00 – 11.15 Break
11.15 - 12.00 Clare Stancliffe – St Oswald - Who was he? And why here?
12.00 – 12.45 Jane Hawkes – Sculpture in Anglo-Saxon England
12.45 – 2.00 Lunch break* + Guided tour of new St Oswald’s Church
2.00 – 3.00 Panel Discussion - Our two speakers will be joined by Dr Peter Addyman, Lorna Watts and Dr Louise Wheatley
3.00 – 4.00 Allan Francis – Guided tour of Old St Oswald’s Churchyard
* We will have sandwiches and tea & coffee for sale, or bring your own - Please let us know if you want to buy lunch, so we can order enough
Parking is available for people with limited mobility in the grounds of the church hall. We have arranged free parking at Townends Accountants, on the corner of Heslington Lane. Otherwise, please use the parking bays marked out along Fulford Road.
Bus stops are very close, with frequent services to and from York.