Showing posts with label Industrial Revolution. Show all posts
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

The Hartley Pit Disaster Memorial Earsdon, North Tyneside


The Hartley Pit Disaster Memorial, Earsdon North Tyneside.

In 1862 there was a terrible pit disaster at the Hartley coal mine in what is now Tyne & Wear (then Northumberland). 204 miners were killed, the youngest was only 10 years and the oldest 71. The memorial is contained within the grounds of the St Albans' Anglican Church.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Stephenson's Rocket - Great Exhibition of the North


Stephenson's Rocket - Great Exhibition of the North.

As part of the Great Exhibition of the North Stephenson's Rocket has been brought home to Newcastle's Discovery Museum.
Rocket was built to compete in the Rainhill trials to find a railway engine to provide a service between Manchester and Liverpool which was the world's first inter-city passenger service, although passengers had been carried between the smaller towns of Stockton and Darlington in the North East of England previous to that.
Rocket was built in 1829 at the Forth Street Locomotive works in Newcastle Upon Tyne,  the first of it's type anywhere in the world, established by George Stephenson "The Father of the Railways", His son Robert Stephenson was responsible for the design of Rocket. 
In the background the famous vessel the Turbinia is visible, another engineering achievement of the North East. 
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

George Stephenson's birthplace Wylam Northumberland


George Stephenson's birthplace, Wylam, Northumberland.

The great Tyneside engineer George Stephenson was born in a modest miners cottage not far from the river Tyne.
The cottage was built among many others to house mining families who worked in nearby coal mines. The current footpath follows the course of the old wagon way from which the young Stephenson would have seen the coal wagons go by.
It was from these humble beginnings that Stephenson, "The Father of the Railways"  rose to become one of the greatest engineers in history.
Further photos & information of George and Robert Stephenson's impact on the North East can be seen here.
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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

George Stephenson Monument Newcastle


George Stephenson Monument, Newcastle.

The monument stands near Newcastle's Central Station and was designed by local sculpture John Graham Lough & unvieled in 1862 .
This memorial shows George Stephenson "The Father of the Railways" with an engineering plan in his hand.
The four characters shown near the base of the statue represent an engineer, a blacksmith, a miner with a safety lamp (another Stephenson design) and a plate layer with the type of rail also invented by Stephenson.
Further photos of the history of George and Robert Stephenson.
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Sunday, April 02, 2017

Stephenson Railway Museum North Shields


Stephenson Railway Museum, North Shields. 

The Stephenson Railway Museum was created in honour of George Stephenson, a son of Tyneside and the "Father of the Railways".
To see further photos of the history of George and Robert Stephenson please click here.
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Cragside House Estate & Gardens Northumberland


Cragside House, Estate & Gardens Northumberland.

Cragside House was the country home of Tyneside industrialist, scientist and inventor Lord William Armstrong and was the first house anywhere in the world to be powered by hydroelectric power.
Originally built as a country lodge in 1863, the house was subsequently developed into the mansion which can be seen today.
Lord Armstrong oversaw the development of Cragside which eventually covered 1.729 acres and he arranged the planting of 7 million trees and the creation of 5 artificial lakes which powered hydro-electricity for the house.
The house was lit by incandescent lamps provided by the inventor Joseph Swan.
A statue of Lord Armstrong was built and stands in Newcastle City Centre.
Lord Armstrong was also responsible for the development of Jesmond Dene in Newcastle.
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