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
- FranceskaD3Trip Type:Solo travelAchingly beautifulMonday, 4th October 2021Achingly beautiful in its simplicity, this is well worth a visit. You simply collect the key from outside a local house and have the church to yourself if you wish. Plenty of helpful guides... Read full review
- pear17Harrogate, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelWonderful church in dubious surroundingsMonday, 4th July 2022Beautiful church but who in their right mind decided to build social housing around it…and not very nice at that!! Surely Durham County Council housing department should enforce a level of... Read full review
- C1594WOphilipwTrip Type:CouplesTiny church but feels specialWednesday, 7th September 2022One of the oldest churches in England. Tiny but it takes you back in time. The site appears to probably go back to Celtic times. It won't take long to visit unless you wish to stay to pray... Read full review
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
|2022 (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)|
* 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.