Shildon is considered to be the “Cradle Of The Railways”. The town grew considerably when the Stockton and Darlington Railway established its Shildon railway works workshops there in 1825. The company owned much of the land and the population grew to around 9000. Today, Shildon’s connections with the birth of the railway industry, notably through the efforts of Timothy Hackworth, are marked by the Shildon Locomotion Museum, which opened in September 2004 and is part of the National Railway Museum. Daniel Adamson, Hackworth’s apprentice and a renowned engineer in his own right, was born in Shildon and owned the first public house in Shildon, that being The Grey Horse. The Grey Horse is therefore is the oldest pub in Shildon, with a lovely fireplace and pictures of the old trains, it has recently undergone major refurbishment, which has turned the old lady into a great public house that has a warm airy and comfortable feel, which will surprise those who visit. Bed and Breakfast is available to Tourists and visitors, with superb and comfortable rooms. The pub now caters for a variety of food- bar lunches from 13.30pm till 6pm and Sunday lunches 12pm till 2pm including lunch and sweet. A huge beer garden and children’s play area is also available for the summer months, which is a great place to relax whilst watching the kids play. The pubs speciality apart from a good pint is home cooked pub grub all fresh veg, so call in if you are in the area and give it a try. A quiz night is held every Thursday night, a pool table and darts are available and the Grey Horse is riding high at this moment in time in the league with their pool team. Another member of the team is the ghost of a woman, however she is very friendly, and not here to scare anyone. So come on down and experience a taste of history here at The Grey Horse.