Filey is a popular seaside town and historically part of the East Riding of Yorkshire. Once a small fishing village, its large beach has now become a popular tourist attraction. Several National walking trails finish in Filey, including the Cleveland Way, Yorkshire Wolds Way and Centenary Way. Its oldest building is the grade 1 listed 12th century church dedicated to St Oswald and it was said by Nicholas Pevsner, author of the "Buildings of England", to be the finest church in the north east corner of the East Riding. St Oswald or Oswald of Northumbria was the King of Northumbria from 634 until his death aged 38. Oswald promoted the spread of Christianity in Northumbria and we know so much about him thanks to the positive assessments by the historian Bede, who described him as a saintly king. He died in the Battle of Maserfield, Oswestry, Shropshire in 641 or 642. The spot where he died has come to be associated with miracles, mythologized after his death he was venerated a saint sometime in the middle ages.