Underwater exploration found a number of timbers to the west of the course of the Roman stone bridge, and a radiocarbon date in the 1st century AD was obtained for an additional line of timber piles to the west of this.
The first passenger train began its journey in Shildon on 27 September 1825. In November 2003, the club reached the FA Cup first round for the first time in 42 years but were beaten 7-2 by Notts County. In season 2014-15, they needed to win their final game to become Northern League Champions and add the title to the Northern League Cup and the Durham Challenge Cup.
Shildon was the home of Timothy Hackworth, an innovator of the railway industry and builder of one of the first ever engines, the Sans Pareil. A 1-1 draw at Bedlington meant that they continue to wait for their first title since 1940. The club runs age level teams in the North East Junior League.
They lived by collecting wild plants and hunting wild animals.
There was a small prehistoric flint tool found in the Brusselton area which may have been of this date.
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Shildon is part of the Bishop Auckland parliamentary constituency, which has been represented since 2005 by Helen Goodman MP for the Labour Party.
Shildon's earliest settlers were groups of people who lived during the Mesolithic period some 6,000 years ago.
Various mediaeval settlements stood around Thickley. The Shildon area owes its growth to the rise of the East Durham coalfields in the Industrial Revolution of the late 18th and early 19th century.