On April 5th 1916, Evenwood was victim to a Zeppelin attack that destroyed 15 houses and damaged 70 more. Mistaking the blacked-out lights of Bishop Auckland for those of Leeds, the Zeppelin aimed at the burning colliery waste heaps that surrounded it. Randolph Colliery at Evenwood became the first target. The Zeppelin dropped 23 bombs, killing a child and a woman and injuring others. Interestingly, very little of the story survives beyond these few details.