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).
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
Small donation requested for guided tours.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good12
- Brian CNottingham, England, United KingdomThe oldest Church in England - and still in useWednesday, 4th September 20191300 years old and still going strong. A magnificent old church believed built from stone previously used nearby by the Romans at one of their forts. One could spend time here just sitting and... Read full review
- fruitbat69Leeds, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesBeautiful gemSunday, 27th October 2019What a find! This is a lovely little Saxon church, in its original grounds. A fascinating look at one of the oldest churches in England, with excellent notes and descriptions. Read full review
- Sean002Newcastle upon Tyne, United KingdomThe oldest Saxon church in EnglandSaturday, 7th December 2019This is a wondrous small Church and amazing to see it standing proud after having been on the site since around 675AD.It also has the oldest sun dial in its original setting in the Country and... Read full review
Parking & Transport
- On site parking
|Jun - Sept 2020 (1 June 2019 - 30 Sept 2020)|
|Monday - Sunday||09:00||- 18:00|
|Jan - May 2020 (1 Jan 2020 - 31 May 2020)|
|Monday - Sunday||09:00||- 16:00|
* 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.