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19th April 1821 THAT Meeting between George Stephenson, Nicholas Wood and Edward Pease in Darlington.
This is a short discussion of just over 10 minutes, between Caroline Hardie and Niall Hammond both Trustees of the Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway about the meeting between Edward Pease, George Stephenson and Nicholas Wood in April 1821. How much of...
Having seen a recent planning application to redevelop one small part of the St. Hilda’s area of Middlesbrough and more recently, media coverage by Andy Preston, the Executive Mayor of Middlesbrough, that the Old Town Hall is to be developed, it seemed like an...
In our house, we have two expensive modern teapots. Both drip when the tea is poured leaving papers, biscuits, coasters and tea trays swimming in Yorkshire tea. For Christmas, yours truly was given a LNER silver plated teapot by her doting spouse. This teapot is a...
On the 27th December 1830, the Stockton & Darlington Railway Company formally opened their new port, sometimes referred to as Port Darlington with its associated planned new town of Middlesbrough. The port was opened with a train of passenger coaches and waggons...
This video has been prepared by the Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway as part of the History and Heritage Festival running between the 23rd October and 1st November 2020. Here is a chance to learn about the Hackworths and their contribution to the...
You may have seen petitions and newspaper reports about the battle to either keep Locomotion No.1 in Darlington, or to move her 'home' to Locomotion in Shildon. This is an eight minute talk with slides that sets out a few facts before you decide which side of the...
Celebrate in 2025! This week we have seen much about the 195th anniversary of the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway. It has been an odd set of celebrations, nearly all online, remote, socially distanced, masked and quiet. But what about 2025 - the 200th...
An announcement on the 28th July 2020 by Locomotion, the railway museum in Shildon, that the ironwork for Stephenson’s Gaunless Bridge is due to move from the National Railway Museum in York to Locomotion, is very welcome news.
So here is a little bit more about that innovative and pioneering railway structure – this talk lasts under 9 minutes.
Timothy Hackworth was born in Wylam in 1786, five years after his fellow railway pioneer George Stephenson had been born in the same village. Their paths through life diverged but they were brought together by early experience in the coalfields of the NE England, work...
The name of the Stockton & Darlington Railway seems to give a lot of people trouble and they frequently get it wrong. So, in this short myth buster, we are going to look at why it’s called the Stockton & Darlington Railway and why so many people get it wrong....
Our hunt for lesser known railway related recipes continues. Earlier this month we were given a recipe for the Railway Pasty – apparently it was a sweet treat in the lunch boxes of railway workers. Now we have found (OK it was my mother!) a similar recipe for a...
This is a short myth busting discussion with slides of just over 10 minutes, between Caroline Hardie and Niall Hammond both Trustees of the Friends of the Stockton & Darlington Railway. The story goes…..on Thursday 19th April 1821, an important, life changing...
If you are looking for things to do with the children while they are staying safe at home, you could order some chocolate mini rolls, chocolate fingers and chocolate buttons in your next shop (giant or regular size buttons depending on the effect you are after - the...
Lockdown Lecture no.2 is all about What Survives of the 1825 S&DR.
Here is the first Lockdown Lecture featuring the Stockton & Darlington Railway. It lasts about 25 minutes, so feel free to grab a cup of tea/glass of something and tune in. As it is the first one it is not entirely glitch free (especially if you use subtitles) but...
Hand made English pewter bookmark with a tassel. The funnel of Locomotion No.1 decorates it.
Mrs Jane Hackworth
https://www.facebook.com/SDR1825/videos/480265972667250/ This little model engine was built by Thomas Greener in 1836 and can now be seen at the award-winning Brass, Steel and Fire at the National Railway Museum, York, until 13th April and then at the Science Museum,...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXBwzC4JYC0 Found this on You Tube. Hilarious silent comedy from 1923 featuring a replica Rocket, a dog, a donkey and the most malleable iron rails you ever did see!
The Coal drops from the Tomlinson Collection. TNA
Some of our Skerne Bridge gifts
Since the opening of the Stockton & Darlington Railway in 1825, celebrations have been held every 50 or 100 years. On each occasion, people gather from across the world to celebrate the start of the modern railway. In 1925 the celebrations were attended by HRH the...
The S&DR Hamper reflects the traditional Railway Institute tea with a canvas bag perfect to reuse for packed lunches, tea blended in Yorkshire, Mrs Hackworth’s Finest Fruitcake, a sturdy S&DR mug and, until Christmas only, a chocolate steam train. Price: £24.
John sketching Locomotion No.1 at the National Railway Museum at Shildon – Locomotion.
Our designer-made silk scarf inspired by Timothy Hackworth’s plugwheel comes beautifully wrapped and complete with an S&DR certificate of authenticity and a Hackworth certificate.
The journey is underway. We've got some great blogs coming soon. Look out for a plug for the plugwheel scarf and some advice from a design consultant on fabulous ways to wear them. Interviews with steam specialists, top suppliers and if we are very lucky chocolatiers...
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