Thursday, 24 April 2014
St Oswald's Church, Arncliffe
St Oswald's church, a Grade II listed building, is attractively situated on the bank of the River Skirfare on the edge of Arncliffe village. There has been a church here since the early 12th century but the existing building was largely rebuilt in the 19th century, although the tower dates back to the 15th century. Built of local limestone, it almost appears to have grown out of the earth, so well does it fit the character of the surrounding limestone dale.
I stood on the bridge over the river for quite a long time, watching pied and grey wagtails busily flitting over the rocks, hunting for insects and bobbing their long tails in their distinctive way.