Wylam, Northumberland

Old photo of George Stephenson's birthplace at Wylam, Northumberland, England, circa 1890

Enjoy a glimpse of history about Wylam in Northumberland, North East England, UK.

Suspension Bridge in 1926

In 1929 the L.N.E.R railway engineers tested vibrarions on Wylam’s suspension bridge with delicate instruments, as a steam locomotive travelled across.

The footage includes lovely shots of the steam locomotive on the bridge, taken from different angles, some houses in the background, and some of the men suspended in the air on planks.

Feeling The Pulse Of A Bridge (1926) – British Pathé on YouTube


George Stephenson’s Birthplace in 1929

In 1929, the Lord Mayor of Newcastle unveiled a memorial tablet on the front of the cottage where George Stephenson was born on June 9, 1781.

The Stephenson family’s adults and children all lived in one room of the house, with the other rooms rented to several other families. George later became famous for his invention of the Rocket steam engine.

You can visit this house today, which is run by the National Trust.

The Inventor Of The Steam Engine ! (1929)- British Pathé on YouTube


The Post Office Directory of Durham and Northumberland

by Kelly and Company

Published in 1879


Wylam’s Location


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