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Rutter's School School House


Thomas Rutter, the parish clerk, ran a school in Longbenton in the late 18th and early 19th century. The school was located off Front Street on the site now occupied by Pearson's Garage, opposite the Ship Inn.[1] Notable former pupils included Thomas Addison (scientist) and Robert Stephenson (engineer). 

George Stephenson, who had largely been self-taught, saw the great value of education. He ensured his son Robert had a good education, first at Rutter's and later at John Bruce's Percy Street Academy in Newcastle.

Pointing to a humble red-tiled house by the roadside at Benton, [Robert Stephenson] said, "You see that house—that was Rutter's, where I learned my A B C, and made a beginning of my school learning; and there," pointing to a colliery chimney on the left, "there is Long Benton, where my father put up his first pumping-engine... (Samuel Smiles, 1864)
Longbenton Schools in Benton & Longbenton Demolished Thomas Addison (1793-1860) Former Schools Robert Stephenson (1803-1859)
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RUTTER'S SCHOOL-HOUSE, LONG BENTON
- Engraving by R. P. Leitch in THE LIFE OF GEORGE STEPHENSON AND OF HIS SON ROBERT STEPHENSON, by SAMUEL SMILES, 1868.

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Tyne and Wear HER(11412): Longbenton, Front Street, Old School House (Rutter's School)
- "The Old School House (Rutter's School) and Stackyard Lonnen stood on the site now occupied by Pearson's Garage, opposite the Ship Inn in 1791. Shown on an old ...

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Thomas Addison (1793-1860)
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Thomas Addison (1793-1860)
- Overview About Thomas Addison Short Biography Thomas Addison was born in Longbenton, Newcastle in April 1793. Addison was the son of a local a grocer and flour dealer. He attended ...
Robert Stephenson (1803-1859)
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Robert Stephenson (1803-1859)
- Overview Detailed Information Robert Stephenson was considered to be one of the greatest engineer of the 19th century. He was born in Willington Quay on 16th October 1803, son to ...

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Tyne & Wear HER: 11412
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