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Escomb Saxon Church

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Address: Escomb Green, Bishop Auckland DL14 7SY, England
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+44 1388 602860
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A fabulous piece of history - don't even consider driving past the sign!

While driving along the main road the sign advising that there was a Saxon Church just 3 miles away was something I simply couldn't ignore (Saxon for goodness sake!) and when I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
johnhouston2
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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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Knaresborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While driving along the main road the sign advising that there was a Saxon Church just 3 miles away was something I simply couldn't ignore (Saxon for goodness sake!) and when I found that it was intact and still being used for worship it made the detour so very worthwhile. A church from the Saxon era would be worth visiting... More 

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Cardiff, Wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

Having passed the signs just north of West Auckland to Escomb on our way to Hexham, Northumberland, I was determined to visit this Saxon church on our return to south Wales, after spending Christmas with my wife's family. The day was clear and pleasant, totally at odds with what we encountered further south, and we arrived around 11am. A key... More 

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Darlington, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

A wonderful example of Saxon history, linked with 6th Legion based at York and nearby Binchester. Stone high up on external north wall carved with LEG VI (upside down). Get key and visit. Why not combine a visit in Summer 2017 with Binchester and its wonderful Roman Bath House and Kynren - all near Bishop Auckland.

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Saxon churches are a rarity in the Uk and finding this was a gift for all lovers of ancient monuments of these isles - but to find it in use was unprecedented. An excellent example of its type, fully accessible, The key is hung up outside a door of a house opposite {no given on the door of the church... More 

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St Neots, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

One of the oldest churches in England and one of only a few intact Saxon churches, this is just a superb site, with Roman dressed stone visible in the wall and other architectural features. The graveyard is full of mid 1700s gravestones, which is unusual. Signs make it easy to find, and I was able to park fairly close (and... More 

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Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is a marvellous and spiritual place, with lots of detail to appreciate with respect to the ancients. The saxon sundial is amazing.

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Kent
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We saw the sign from the main road and found this delightful little church a few minutes later. The church had prepared some excellent documentation and with this help we found most of the historical remains.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

My family and I all go on Christmas Eve. This is because of the amazing services which are held. I suggest going to a service (they're mostly free but you can donate) I have also been with my school which was very good. We had a tour of the church where we learnt a lot of interesting things. It isn't... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Although this Saxon church is amongst some ragged newish houses it is stunning and steeped in history. I was fortunate enough to be given a tour of it by a local guide which brought the building to life. Even without a guide you will be impressed with this super church. There are information sheets around the church which highlight all... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Visited as part of Heritage Open Days in Sept 2016. I asked a question about the building just as we started a tour and our guide (provided by the church) immediately got flustered and started saying to me, "hang on, hang on, hang on!" which I thought was rude and unwarranted. When I asked a second question relating to the... More 

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