Escomb Saxon Church
Tel: +44 01388 602860
There are a few buildings which loom out of the darkness of history to present a challenge to us in the present, to baffle us with a sense of mystery which no amount of reasoning can resolve. The Saxon church at Escomb is one such building. When was it built? Who built it and why? How has it survived so long? A date of construction can be tentatively put at around AD670, making it an early Saxon church with considerable Celtic influences. Look out for Roman inscriptions, sundials and altar stone.
If locked, a key is available for visit (from 28 Saxon Green - behind church). Please ring in advance if bringing a party/tour to the church. The key is available all year round 7 days a week during hours of daylight (9-6 during summer and 9-4 during winter).
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Small donation requested for guided tours.
- Certificate of Excellence 2017
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good6
- olibotDurham, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesA truly hidden gemMonday, 17th July 2017It really is worth making the special effort to go and find this important part of history. It is mindblowing that this little church is almost 1350 years old. No that is not a 'typo' it was built... Read full review
- John LBishop AucklandTrip Type:Solo travelSaxon ChurchTuesday, 11th July 2017Collect the keys from a nearby house to open up this marvellous little church steeped in history. Lots of information on hand and one can make time for quiet reflection. Read full review
- Helen RLoughborough, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilySimply stunning and not to missSaturday, 3rd June 2017We fell upon this church by accident after spotting a sign on the main road. There is so much to see and feel here. The two Mediaeval grave stones in the cemetery are like nothing I've ever seen... Read full review
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
|Summer 2017 (1 June 2017 - 30 Sept 2017)|
|Monday - Sunday||09:00||- 18:00|
|Bank Holiday||09:00||- 18:00|
|2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 May 2018)|
* Church open 1 Jan-31 May 0900-1600; 1 Jun-30 Sep, daily 0900-1800. Key available in daylight hours up to 6:00pm. Key hangs outside No. 28 Saxon Green behind the Church.
Map & Directions
Nearest major road is A68. From the A68 follow the signs from Witton Park to Escomb.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest station is Bishop Auckland station. Take 'Escomb Road' (near Station). Continue along B6284 (Etherley Road). Straight across roundabout. Take right turn for Escomb Village after passing garage on left hand side. Bus 50 and 50A goes to Escomb on its journey between Durham and Bishop Auckland. No bus service available on Sundays.