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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

George Stephenson's Dial Cottage


George Stephenson's Dial Cottage, Killingworth, Newcastle.

Although great Tyneside engineer George Stephenson "The Father of the Railways" was born in Wylam he moved to Dial Cottage, Kilingworth at the age of 23 with his wife and son Robert who also went on to have a distinguished career in engineering himself. Stephenson was illiterate until the age of 18 and was entirely self taught.
His genius started to become evident when he built his first locomotive, the Blucher, at the colliery workshop behind his home.
He also designed one of the first miners safety lamps but when he went to London to promote his lamp at a Parliamentary committee they refused to believe someone from such a humble background and strong Tyneside accent could have invented this lamp and choose the rival Humphrey Davy design instead. He developed deep mistrust of London from this time. 
However the miners of the North East stayed loyal to Stephenson's lamp and it is said this is where the name Geordies came from to describe North East people.
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