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.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good15
- Andrea WA wonderful hidden jewelSunday, 18th June 2023We found this little gem by accident, one of The oldest Saxon Churche's and well preserved in the UK WOW! built with roman bricks from an old fort, even the Saxons recycled and re-used :) We... Read full review
- annsU7132AZTrip Type:CouplesFantastic historic churchSunday, 20th August 2023What an amazing little church. It's really quite small as churches go but very well looked after and full of information cards. It's so historic and well worth a visit. Read full review
- allthingsitalyCounty Durham, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesFantastic Saxon church, well worth a visit.Wednesday, 23rd August 2023My first visit to Escomb Saxon Church, even though I've lived nearby. Well worth it. Beautiful church, almost 1360 years old and as it was when first built. Cemetery is very old with graves dating as... Read full review
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
|2023 (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
* Church open 1 Jan-31 May 0900-1600; 1 Jun-30 Sep, daily 0900-1800. Key available in daylight hours up to 18:00. 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.