George Stephenson(Wikipedia) was 23 years old when, with his wife Fanny and their baby son Robert Stephenson, he moved to Dial cottage, Killingworth in 1804.
He lived here when he was the engineer at Killingworth Colliery. It was in workshops at the rear of this cottage, that the famous 'Rocket' locomotive was built. The cottage is now a private residence but it does open to the public on Heritage Open Days. George Stephenson also made the sun dial over the front door, which gives the cottage its name.
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