Sunday, 6 April 2008

Wylam, Northumberland

Wylam is situated in the Tyne Valley within The county of Northumberland. It lies approximately 13 kilometres (8 miles) to the west of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Several famous engineers have also had links with the village. George Stephenson was born at a small cottage at Wylam in June 1781. Timothy Hackworth's father was foreman blacksmith at the colliery and his son was born in the village in December 1786. Hackworth together with William Hedley and Jonathan Forster were involved in the development of the locomotive engine at the colliery. Perhaps the most famous of the engines to be developed was The Puffing Billy, which is now housed at The Science Museum in London.