The Lady Chapel
Continuing past the Vestry, one can enter the Lady Chapel. This is the devotional heart of the building, dedicated to Mary, mother of Our Lord, and there is a predominance of blue in accordance with tradition. On Holy Days, and other such high seasons, the Altar is clothed in a white frontal with red or white side-curtains as appropriate.
Mounted high on the south wall of the Lady Chapel is a large Triptych. Prior to the 1872-74 re-ordering of the interior of St Oswald's by G E Street, this triptych had been the reredos behind the High Altar. It is said to predate 1730 and may have been the reredos from the 17th Century re-build of the church, after the Civil War.
The Triptych depicts Moses and Aaron on Mount Sinai standing either side of the Ten Commandments engraved on their two stone tablets, which Moses had received from Jehovah. The Apostles' Creed and the Lord's Prayer are depicted on the outer leaves of the Triptych.The 2004 restoration by Hirst Conservation was made possible by local fundraising and grants from the Council for the Care of Churches and the Leche Trust.