A digital painting using classics 2 in DAP of Wylam Colliery and Village. The out of copyright, black & white, image used is from “The life of George Stephenson & his son Robert” by Samuel Smiles early 1800s from the Gutenberg project.
Wylam has an important place in the history of the development of the locomotive and Wylam waggonway was opened in 1748.
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, followed closely by Wylam Dilly which is on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.