Replica Sundial, Arbeia Roman Fort, South Shields


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  • Shane Larmouth on June 23, 2015, 1:47 p.m.

    Still standing on the Great Lime Road a little to the south of Killingworth, this splendid little relic of the past was home to George Stephenson and his young family during the early years of the 19th century. George was just starting out on his incredible career when he moved into the cottage – as a brakeman in charge of winding machinery at nearby West Moor Colliery, but was internationally famous by the time he relocated to Newcastle twenty years later.
    This relates to the sun dial because George Stephenson invented it and made the first ever one and it still remains on his house today just above the house door.

  • Simon Cotterill on June 23, 2015, 2:32 p.m.

    Shane - great connection you have made between George Stephenson and the Arbeia Roman Fort - with their sundials!! I never knew George Stephenson had made the sundial himself - wonder if that's why his house is known as Dial Cottage? The ancient Egyptians/Greeks used sundials thousands of years ago - wish we were getting as much sun as them! All the best Simon (Co-Curate team).

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