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In pictures: Stephenson's legacy

Robert Stephenson

The life and work of Robert Stephenson was celebrated in Newcastle on Monday 12 October 2009 - 150 years to the day since his death. See some of the Tyneside places associated with the great engineer.

Old building on South Street in Newcastle

South Street and Forth Street, Newcastle: This is where Robert co-founded the world's first purpose-built locomotive factory, and where he designed the Rocket locomotive.

High Level Bridge, Newcastle

High Level Bridge: Robert Stephenson designed this bridge over the River Tyne. It was officially opened in 1849 and was the first bridge to carry both road and rail traffic.

Dial Cottage

Dial Cottage, Killingworth: Robert spent much of his childhood living here and it was he who made made the sundial still visible over the door.

Columns in Newcastle Central Station

Newcastle Central Station: Robert Stephenson was responsible for the engineering work involved in the construction of Newcastle's railway station, with its impressive arches and curves.

The Lit & Phil building in Newcastle

The Lit & Phil, Westgate Road, Newcastle: Robert was a member of the Literary and Philosophical Society from when he was at school right until his death. He was elected president of the society from 1855-9.

North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers

North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers, Westgate Road, Newcastle: Robert was elected president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers from 1849-53.

Stephenson monument, Newcastle

Stephenson monument, Westgate Road, Newcastle: This monument is grade II* listed. The figure on the pedestal is Robert's father, George, and Robert is thought to have been the model for two of the others.

Man with wreath in front of monument

A wreath was laid at the monument to mark the 150th anniversary of Robert Stephenson's death and special services were organised at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle and Westminster Abbey in London.

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12 Oct 09 |  Tyne
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