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 2017
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good7
- Suzzii00Trip Type:FamilyHidden gemWednesday, 8th November 2017Beautiful little church situ in a council estate in escomb. Lots of history free of charge parking and local pub serves great food opposite the church Very peaceful Read full review
- brieryfieldPreston, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesStumbled across the church and so glad we didMonday, 16th October 2017We saw the church in what appeared to be the village green and got out to investigate. The church yard had the most interesting gravestones I have ever seen with skull and cross bows on them To... Read full review
- 869dougwTrip Type:FamilyWhat a wasteTuesday, 3rd October 2017Nothing changed here since I first visited 40 years ago apart from more decay and collapse in the churchyard. This could be such a special site if someone took some interest. Really sad to see... Read full review
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
|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.