What a pleasant surprise...
Posted by Barry Cram on February 7, 2019, 6:36 pm
Hello folks, |
In 1992, I moved to a place in Leicestershire named Coalville. It wasn’t until I had read a few local history books that I realised with pleasant surprise, that I had followed in the footsteps of that great engineer, Geordie Stephenson:
Courtesy of: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/stephenson_george.shtml
In 1781 Geordie Stephenson (The Father of the Railways and inventor of the Geordie Lamp) was born near Newcastle.
In 1823, Geordie and his son Robert (1803 – 1859), owned a shipyard, foundry and dock in Hebburn.
Later in life, Geordie Stephenson moved to Leicestershire (Alton Grange – a property that is still standing), and built up a coalmine in the nearby village of Snibston, in Coalville.
Geordie tested two of his engines, Atlas and Samson, down the main Long Row – what a sight that must have been. Long Row is now known as Hight Street, and when standing at the junction of High Street, I sometimes try to visualise Geordie going by.
Geordie’s older brother, James (1779 – 1847) became the official at Snibston colliery. James married to Jane Cummins (b.1790, Durham). James died and was buried in Christ Church, Coalville, in 1847.
Geordie Stephenson died 1848 in Tapton House, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, and is buried in Derbyshire.
A local historian wrote: “Stephenson showed more thought for his miners than was usual then. He was not like many of his contemporaries who had themselves been working men in forgetting his origins; he was one of the kindest and indulgent of masters - attentive to the comfort and well-being of the workpeople of the Snibston colliery and their families”.