St John

Shildon is a railway town and railway pioneer Timothy Hackworth is buried at St John's.

Shildon, County Durham

Opening times

The church opens on a Thursday morning between 9am and 12noon to look round and take opportunity for quiet prayer and reflection.


Church Street
County Durham

St John's is a Victorian church owing much to its railway heritage. The bells provided by GNER are in their colours. Timothy Hackworth (pioneer and engineer) is buried by the main entrance in a large tomb and a statue stands close by. Within the church the stained glass pictures the working class environment and one fine art deco window is situated in the lady chapel. There are a number of pieces of contemporary art produced by the congregation and on permanent display.

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Parking within 250m

  • On street parking at church

  • Level access to the main areas

  • Dog friendly

  • Café within 500m

  • Bus stop within 100m

  • Church of England

Contact information

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