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
- walkleytravellerssheffieldTrip Type:CouplesFantastic piece of historyMonday, 11th September 2017We were staying in bishop Auckland for the Kynren show and were advised by our homestay host to visit Escomb, which we had never heard of. When we arrived it was Heritage open Day and we were given a... Read full review
- Paul BLondon, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyA living piece of HistoryFriday, 1st September 2017Popped in on the way back from Durham Castle, it was just before Sunday Service and not too sure if we could still go in as people were arriving. I could not have been more wrong,we were encouraged... Read full review
- GonefishingxMelbourne, AustraliaTrip Type:CouplesWonderful historySunday, 20th August 2017It is wonderful history made more evocative by it being a working church. And a working church that is happy to share (instructions for getting the key are on the gate). There is history in the... 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.