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 2018
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good10
- Jackie TYork, United KingdomTrip Type:Couplesrestored beutifullyWednesday, 10th October 2018lovely restored ancient church. lots of information as you walk around the place. just pickup the key from house nearby Read full review
- DurhamSightseersDurham, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesEscomb Saxon ChurchSunday, 7th October 2018If you enjoy history, then Escomb Church is definitely worth a visit. It is a simple building surrounded by a graveyard in the middle of modern housing estate. Our advice would be to take the time... Read full review
- Bruce YTrip Type:CouplesBack in deep timeSunday, 26th August 2018A remarkable building made with stone from a nearby Roman fort at a time when the Roman Empire was still a major force in the Mediterranean, if not in Britain. Peaceful, imposing and an unobtrusive... 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.