We are proud to support artists who live and work along the line of the Stockton & Darlington Railway. Judith lives in Stockton and specialises in art made from glass. In addition to studying textile design at Huddersfield, Judith also trained at the renowned Sunderland glass centre. Her glassware has been exhibited at the V&A and she is a member of Cohesion Glass Group, Digital City, Redcar and Cleveland Creative Hub, Contemporary Glass Society, AXIS and the Northern branch of the Guild of Glass Engravers.
The Skerne Bridge was going to be designed and built By George Stephenson using ironwork, but his other railway bridge further west had suffered problems in bad weather, the price of iron had rocketed and so confidence was low. The S&DR decided to bring in Ignatius Bonomi instead to design the bridge. He was the County Architect for Durham and designed the bridge in stone. The bridge needed some additional support within a short space of time, but remains in use today; it even featured on the British £5 note in the 1990s. It is the world’s oldest continuously operated railway bridge. You can read more about it here in an article by Brendan Boyle.