9. Escomb Saxon Church, Co. Durham
Escomb Church in Co. Durham is a remarkable architectural survivor from the times of Bede. It is 'Northumbrian' in its tall and narrow proportions with a relatively long nave and even narrower chancel. It is a real gem to visit despite being set in the middle an estate. You usually have to ask at a nearby house for a key to the church.
The church at Escomb stands in its wall enclosed 'green' space' in the middle of a housing estate. The porch was added in the 12th century. The large blocks of the masonry are very good, probably of Roman origin from Vinovia.
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Looking east inside the small nave, which is what the current church mainly consists of and at the far end the small chancel arch, chancel and alter. This is a wonderful little church to visit and please purchase the excellent guide to the church and its history to help with the upkeep of this historic treasure. The great cathedrals of Durham and York attract thousands of visitors, but the dozens who visit the Saxon church at Escomb are well rewarded for the diversion of nearby busy main roads.
Looking towards the font and west end. There was considerable reuse of Roman masonry in its original construction about AD 675. The surviving widows are very small with deep splays inside.
A 12th century fresco on the chancel arch which is probably Roman in origin. The jams of the chancel arch have carefully fitted long-and-short work.
An early Saxon cross behind the alter.
The font dates from at least the 13th century, possibly older?
The roof timbers, date?
The sun dial is probably 17th century.
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