Spennymoor is a middle-sized former mining town in the Wear Valley in County Durham. It is perhaps only famous for three things: It was the place that Henry Bessemer discovered a process for the cheap and easy manufacture of steel; It was the home of local MP Robert Shafto, immortalised as Bobby Shafto in the 18th century folk song; and as the home of Spennymoor United - Spennymoor Town's historic predecessors. However ill health forced them to merge with another local side, Evenwood Town, in 2005 - although Evenwood fans would have it that it was just a straight take over.
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