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St Oswald?s is an ancient church with an internationally renowned collection of Anglo-Scandinavian carved stones. It is also a living Christian community where worship is offered as in the past. With its spectacular views across the coastline to Whitby, this imposing church continues the tradition of worship at this site that almost certainly began in Viking times.

The name ?Lythe? means ?on a hill?. The Parish of Lythe, which originally extended over some 40 square miles, and included the present parishes of Egton and Ugthorpe, is nearly all high above sea level, though the sea forms a Parish boundary. At the top of Lythe Bank the Parish Church of St Oswald is a landmark visible for miles from sea and land and it has many centuries of history behind it.

St Oswald?s is open every weekday from 8:30am to dusk. Parking is available in the lane or in the adjacent field (please close the gate when you leave).

Please Note there is a very handsome Victorian chapel of ease, St Mary's, in the lovely setting of The Valley at Sandsend (bottom of Lythe Bank) which is worth a visit.


The parish of Lythe with Sandsend is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer (PSO), Gail Price. The Diocese of York’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSO. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.

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