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 Good12
- John MLyon, FranceTrip Type:Friends getawayThe church remains a peaceful oasis still used for prayer and reflection over 1400 years later.Sunday, 10th February 2019One of the earliest Saxon churches to be completed in the UK and a place of worship since about 670 AD, it is situated approximately two miles west of Bishop Auckland in the Wear Valley. This is a... Read full review
- BRIAN YEdinburgh, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesThe test of timeFriday, 12th April 2019Looked amazing from outside but didn't venture in as had to go to a nearby house for key and we were in a hurry. Read full review
- paulyfbBishop Auckland, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesWowSaturday, 13th April 2019Stunning church come have a look. Great outside, have a look inside too. I visited here when I went to infant and primary school at top of Hill. Very nice. You won’t be disappointed Read full review
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
|Jan - May 2019 (1 Jan 2019 - 31 May 2019)|
|Monday - Sunday||09:00||- 16:00|
|Jun - Sept 2019 (1 June 2019 - 30 Sept 2019)|
|Monday - Sunday||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 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.