Escomb Church can again welcome visitors. The key hangs outside No 28 Saxon Green. For your safety please follow our Guidance for Visitors displayed in the porch.

ESCOMB CHURCH WILL BE CLOSED TO VISITORS from 9th to 18 August 2022. The church is being deep cleaned and re-limewashed. We apologise for any inconvenience

Escomb is situated two miles west of Bishop Auckland in the Wear Valley. The church was built around 675 AD with stone probably from the Roman Fort at Binchester. It was originally thought that the church was an offshoot of one of the local monasteries eg Whitby or Hartlepool but this is only one of several possibilities as there are no known written records until 990 AD. The parish of Escomb and Witton Park is in a group with 3 other parishes, Etherley, Hamsterley and Witton-le-Wear.

Escomb church is on the national register of the Small Pilgrim Places Network. These places are small, spiritual oases, offering an atmosphere that encourages stillness, prayer and reflection for people of all faiths or none.

The church currently has no vicar.

Church Warden – Mr. John Barnett 01388 604879
Church Warden – Gill Beddow 01388 602860 gillbeddow@gmail.com


There is a Holy Communion Service every Sunday at 11am.

Celtic Church: At 4pm on the first Sunday of every month – a non communion service in the Celtic Tradition.

Meditation: At 7.30pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday – a time for quiet contemplation in church.


We are very happy to welcome anyone for weddings, blessings, christenings and other special services.  Just contact gillbeddow@gmail.com and we can try and work out how best to help you celebrate your special time.


Escomb is located 2 miles west of Bishop Auckland in county Durham.  For a details of how to find us please visit the Directions page.


Keys available from 28, Saxon Green, Escomb and just let yourself in.

Summer 9.00am-8.00pm. Winter 9.00am-4.00pm

For a copy of the church’s Access Statement please follow this link Access Statement>>


The church takes the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults very seriously. It has adopted the Durham Diocese Safeguarding policy. This can be found on https://tinyurl.com/e3nh4vt
Any concerns can be addressed to Gill Beddow, parish Safeguarding Officer, or to Beth Miller, Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor on 07968034075, beth.miller@durham.Anglican.org

For a copy of the church’s Safeguarding Policy please follow this link:  safeguarding policy parish 2019


Details from the Tourism Co-ordinator, Mrs. Gill Beddow – Home Tel. 01388 602860 or email gillbeddow@gmail.com

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