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Move to Dewley Burn

Extract from: The Life of George Stephenson and of his son Robert Stephenson, by Samuel Smiles, 1881.

Thus eight years passed; after which, the coal having been worked out on the north side, the old engine, which had grown "dismal to look at," as an old workman described it, was pulled down; and then old Robert, having obtained employment as a fireman at the Dewley Burn Colliery, removed with his family to that place.

Dewley Burn, at this day, consists of a few old-fashioned, low-roofed cottages standing on either side of a babbling little stream. They are connected by a rustic wooden bridge, which spans the rift in front of the doors.  In the central one-roomed cottage of this group, on the right bank, Robert Stephenson lived for a time with his family, the pit at which he worked standing in the rear of the cottages.

Childhood < Smiley, 1881 > Trip to Newcastle

Extracts from Biography of George and Robert Stephenson


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