Escomb Ango-Saxon Church

This evening, I am reporting on the ancient church at Escomb near Bishop Auckland in northern England. This church is very ancient and ranks as the oldest intact Saxon church in England dating from around 680 AD.

Name origin: In the 10th century AD Escomb was recorded as Ediscum which translates as 'Place at the enclosed parks or pastures' .

There is actually a tangible link between the church and nearby Binchester in that, it is highly likely that the stonework was recycled from the Roman fort including an intact arch which forms the entrance to the chancel.

Escomb Parish Church.

Interior of Escomb Parish Church

Early Anglo-Saxon altar cross

Chancel arch recycled from Roman Binchester

7th century AD sundial


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