The origins of All Saints Church in Sockburn stretch back to antiquity. Higbald was crowned Bishop of Lindisfarne in here in 780 or 781, and Eanbald was made Archbishop of York here in 796.
The majority of what was the church is now in ruins. The still standing portion, called Conyers Chapel, is considerably younger. It is named after John Conyers, who lived in the 13th century, and is my 27G Grandfather.
His stone effigy can be found in the chapel (and seen in these pictures) and he and his wife are buried under the chapel.
The chapel also contains a considerable collection of stone carvings, many clearly of Viking origin.
The church was partially demolished by Henry Blackett when he purchased the property in 1838. Such ruins were very much in vogue at the time. While such needless destruction offends my historic sensibilities, there seems little question that the church as already in rather poor shape when Blackett got hold of it.
My thanks go to Mary, the owner of the property, for taking my wife and I on a tour of the church. The remains of the church itself are owned by the Diocese of Durham.
Tech Notes: All images shot on my Nikon D200 with either a Sigma 24-70 or a Sigma 15-30 lens. Images were processed in Photoshop Elements.