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St Johns, Escomb

Escomb is one of the most complete small Anglo-Saxon churches in England. It is not known exactly when the church was built but is contemporary with those of the 7th C. at Jarrow and Monkwearmouth, it may even be older. The porch was added in the 12th C. and five larger windows in the 13th and 19th C. Above the porch and to the right is a sundial, part of the original fabric and probably the oldest in the country. All of the upper parts of the walls are built of stones from the former Roman fort at Binchester. The long, narrow nave culminates in a small square chancel. But the most striking feature is the slim, round-headed chancel arch believed to have been taken intact from Roman Binchester. It has the remains of a 12th C. painting on the underside of the curve.

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