Dial Cottage (George Stephenson's Cottage)

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.

December 2014

February 2010

More information:
George Stephenson the Father of the Railways
Who was George Stephenson?
Wikipedia - George Stephenson's Dial Cottage


Lar said...

Visited this house when it was housing a collection of Blyth and Tyne related railway items. I lived in a house nearby and when my parents renovated it they found plans for the local pit covering the walls as a base for the paint! I'd assume were done by George in his job at the pit along Great Lime Road.

ILuvNUFC said...

Interesting stuff, thanks.
I've heard that the house opens to visitors on Heritage Open Days so I will try and pay a visit in September.

Gab said...

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ILuvNUFC said...

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Luke Leslie said...

Beautiful photos, thank you for this. There's one small inaccuracy about The Rocket being built here. The Stephenson's had established "Robert Stpehnson & Company" Locomotive builders in 1823 and the Forth Street Works at Newcastle upon Tyne as-well as the "George Stephenson and Son" in 1824.