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Shildon, Durham

Historical Description

Shildon, a market-town, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Auckland St Andrew parish, Durham. The town stands on the Stockton and Darlington railway, 1½ mile E. of Watling Street, and 3 miles SSE of Bishop Auckland, and has a station on the railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under New Shildon (R.S.O.) The township contains also the village of New Shildon, and comprises 598 acres; population, 7870. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1834, and comprises the townships of Middridge and Middridge Grange. Population, 6819. There are Conservative and Liberal clubs, and a police station. A market is held on Fridays. The Ecclesiastical Commissioners are lords of the manor. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Durham; gross value, £300 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Durham. The church was built in 1834, and rebuilt and much enlarged in 1881-82; it is in the Gothic style, and consists of chancel, nave, aisles, and western tower. There are Wesleyan, Congregational, Primitive, New Connexion, and United Free Methodist chapels.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCounty Durham 
Poor Law unionAuckland 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for County Durham is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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CountyCounty Durham
RegionNorth East
Postal districtDL4
Post TownShildon