Monument to George Stephenson

  • Description

    Detailed information about the monument and its history. ".....Stephenson's own home-town was slow to erect a large-scale monument. There had been a number of abortive, temporary or smaller monuments on Tyneside. In 1849, for instance, there was an idea to have statues of Stephenson and George Hudson, the notorious 'Railway King', at either end of the High Level Bridge but this came to nothing when Hudson's business operations suddenly collapsed. In 1850 giant images of George and his engineer son Robert were temporarily displayed when the Central Station was opened and a year later Robert Stephenson presented a bust of his father by Charles Moore, dated 1832, to the Literary and Philosophical Society. Early in 1858 work was also started on the Stephenson Memorial School at Willington Quay. However, it was only in August 1858 at a meeting of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in Newcastle presided over by Robert Stephenson and the industrialist William Armstrong that serious steps were taken to erect a large-scale monument in Newcastle...."
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    Public Monuments and Sculpture Assocaition
  • Source

    Local (Co-Curate)
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    Added by: Simon Cotterill
    Last modified: 6 years, 4 months ago
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