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).
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
Small donation requested for guided tours.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good6
- BaabayMinneapolis MNA surprise gem in remote villageFriday, 31st March 2017This AngloSaxon church was such a surprise. We were visiting places in the area where my ancestors had lived and were amazed at this church filled with history going back before 700 AD. There are... Read full review
- 167Dave8Durham, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawayMy friends loved itWednesday, 1st March 2017took some friends from California to see this church as we have done with others in the past. Gate key available from a house in the village They loved finding the ancient sun dial. Very well kept... Read full review
- johnhouston2Knaresborough, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelA fabulous piece of history - don't even consider driving past the sign!Tuesday, 7th February 2017While driving along the main road the sign advising that there was a Saxon Church just 3 miles away was something I simply couldn't ignore (Saxon for goodness sake!) and when I found that it was... Read full review
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
|2017 (1 Jan 2017 - 31 May 2017)|
|Summer 2017 (1 June 2017 - 30 Sept 2017)|
|Monday - Sunday||09:00||- 18:00|
|Bank Holiday||09:00||- 18:00|
* 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.