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St Ebba

Founded in the late 12th century under Bishop Puiset of Durham, it was built on land granted by the Diocese to Sherburn Hospital for sick brethren to convalesce.

Ebchester, County Durham

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Currently closed due to Covid19.


Shaw Lane
County Durham

St Ebba was born around 614 to King Aethelfrith of Northumbria (the amalgam of the kingdoms of Bernicia and Deira) and Acha, his queen. This made her a royal princess and sister to future kings Oswald and Oswiu. On Aethelfrith’s marriage to Acha, daughter of the King of Deira, her brother Edwin, claimant of the Deira throne, was banished. On Aethelfrith’s defeat in battle in 616, Edwin returned and Aethelfrith’s children sought hiding. Ebba went to Iona, received a Christian upbringing and entered monastic life.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Church of England

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