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Warton Village, St Oswald's Church and the Old Rectory


Main Street, Warton, Lancashire, LA5 9QU

Tel: 07524 32878

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Warton Village, St Oswald's Church and the Old Rectory
The church was built in the early 14th Century, and was dedicated to St Oswald, the second Christian King of Northumbria. In the mid-13th Century, a branch of the Washington family from County Durham came to live in the Warton area. The Washington family's Coat of Arms, now located inside the church tower, is said to have inspired the design of the flag of the United States of America. The first President of the USA was George Washington, a descendent of the Washington family of Warton. The tower of the church was built by Robert Washington in the 15th Century and on the 4th July, Independence Day, each year, the Stars and Stripes flag is flown.

The Old Rectory, off Main Street, Warton. The Old Rectory was built in the early 14th Century and was the home of the de Thweng family who were patrons of the church. Courts of Justice were held here until they moved to the Shovel Inn, following the decline of the Old Rectory. The remains include impressive gable walls, windows and a huge stone fireplace. Access is available at most times. The Old Rectory is a Grade I Listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

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Warton Village, St Oswald's Church and the Old Rectory (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)


Road Directions

M6 J35 then A6 to Carnforth. Turn right at traffic lights, go past the Railway Station and on to Warton. St Oswalds on right.

Public Transport Directions

Train to Carnforth then walk 1 mile, or Bus to Warton from Lancaster.



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