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Shildon Railway Institute


Shildon Railway Institute is a membership club located on Redworth Road in Shildon. It was built in 1911 by the North Eastern Railway and replaced an earlier Railway Mechanics Institute on Station Street, which had been built in 1860 by the Stockton and Darlington Railway company. The Institute's history can be traced back to 1833; it was the first Railway Mechanics Institute in the world. Shildon Railway Institute is Grade II listed on the National Heritage List for England.

On noticing that most of his workers could neither read nor write, Timothy Hackworth, the first Superintendent of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, set about establishing a railwayman's Institution. He held a meeting in 1833 in the cellar of the Globe Inn on Chapel Street with others that included John Glass, John Graham, Thomas McNay, John Pickering and J Stabler, which resulted in him establishing his Mechanics Institute, with Hackworth as the first president. As the Mason's Arms had already been taken over by the railway company as a railway station and booking office, Hackworth initially placed the Institute, at first little more than a shelf of books, within the Wesleyan Schoolroom...." (Shildon Railway Institute)
Shildon North Eastern Railway Stockton and Darlington Railway 1911 Historic Buildings and Monuments in Shildon
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Railway Institute

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RAILWAY INSTITUTE AND FORECOURT WALLS - Shildon - List Entry
- "4/78 Nos. 76 and 78 (Railway Institute) and forecourt walls II Railway Workmen's Institute and forecourt walls. Dated 1911 (on keystone above doorway) for the North-Eastern Railway Company ...

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Shildon Railway Institute
- "A friendly members club, event venue and community focal point for the people of Shildon and beyond in the most recent home of the first Railway Institute in the world ...

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Save Our Stute (Shildon Railway Institute - Covid Resilience Appeal)
- "This video is a heartfelt plea from staff, members, volunteers and committee of Shildon Railway Institute for support from the community to stop the Institute from going bust on account ...

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Painting of Timothy Hackworth
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Stockton and Darlington Railway
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Stockton and Darlington Railway
- Overview Early History The Stockton and Darlington Railway was the world's first public railway to use steam locomotives. The railway was primarily built to transport coal from collieries around Shildon, ...

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List number: 1310667
List grade: 2
County: County Durham
Grid ref: NZ2318925485

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