Escomb Saxon Church

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8:09 PM - Jun 03, 2013 #1


... and while we were at it, we made a side- side-trip to Escomb Saxon Church

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Saxon grave stones


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Inside the church


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The church contains a lot of Roman stone (from Binchester?) ...

Honestly, there is/was an inscription here


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Can you spot the stepped (possible) mounting block


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And another


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SacoHarry
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2:50 PM - Jun 04, 2013 #2

Beautiful photos! It really is a must-see. 1300 years old and going strong!

To think, at one point in the 19th C it was almost going to be knocked down.
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Joined: 8:48 AM - Dec 02, 2006

10:02 PM - Jun 04, 2013 #3

Lovely pix of Escomb, one of my favourite Saxon churches...and I have seen a few!

The grave stones, however, are very unlikely to be Saxon! They didn't seem to use them, apart from Hogbacks and those take the form of a hog's back with most patterned like the roof of a house. The most northern one can be found in Scotland, alongside Loch Lomond in the churchyard at Luss, and the rest are found mainly in England.

These look like late medieval grave stones, if that is what they were. Very crudely done.

Your photo that didn't come out was a carving of 'LEG VI' for the 6th Roman Legion. And yes, Binchester (Vinovium) Roman fort is not very far away from Escomb.

Just to check my info, I looked up a very useful website: http://greatenglishchurches.co.uk/html/escomb.html

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1:17 PM - Jun 05, 2013 #4

Thanks for the correction Malise, but there's NO NEED TO SHOUT! ;)

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snowglobe
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5:56 PM - Jun 07, 2013 #5

Can I quietly mention a previous visit by myself
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The graves of this style are roughly dated to the mid 18th Century. DNA of bones may technically show they are of Saxon descent so Sunny is on the right lines!
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4:42 PM - Jun 09, 2013 #6

Ah, come on, Snowglobe, we're all Saxon descent! :D

What Sunny was saying was 'that the gravestones were Saxon' which they aint. Please look at the link I put in. I did do my research before sending.......
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8:44 PM - Jun 10, 2013 #7

Malise - some of us up in Northumberland are of Anglian descent.
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Col Sanders
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2:53 PM - Jun 27, 2013 #8

Ginadigger and I went there on the way up to Vindo last December. A fascinating old church and as you correctly say lots of old re-used Roman stone in it's construction. We both wondered what may be in the crypt which was not accessible. Good photos.
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12:19 PM - Aug 05, 2013 #9

Happy Saint Oswald's Day!

A minor side trip over near Chesters fort

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