Escomb church dates back to Saxon times (AD670), the weather was miserable as we approached, but the sun made a very brief appearance as I took the photo.
The town of Bishop Auckland takes its name from its association with the church as it is the location of the home of the Bishop of Durham. This image shows the entrance to the 300 hectare park associated with that person's residence. There is a lovely walk around the estate, which, in the snow, took on a magical quality. I have lived in the NE for most of my 59+ years, but I discovered this walk for the first time yesterday.
You can just see the moon to the right of the gatehouse roof.
The early bishops enjoyed hunting within the estate, and this Deer House was constructed for the purpose of increasing the stock.
Despite the appearance, the cold was relinquishing its grip and the air temperature warm enough to do without gloves. This photograph does not do full justice to the actual scene with the sun's reflections sparkling on the snow.
Canon 450D various lenses.