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A short biography of Robert Stephenson can be seen here

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March | Wed 15th | 13:00

Book launch: Rocket Man with Cousin Jacks: Robert Stephenson in Columbia 1824-27 FREE

This new book about the great civil and mechanical engineer Robert Stephenson, reveals for the first time the full account of his 3 years in the northern part of South America – mainly Colombia - as a mining engineer between 1824 and 1827.

Bob Longridge, chairman of the Robert Stephenson Trust and author of the book said 'It is based on 111 letters from him to his boss in Bogotá, Richard Illingworth. The correspondence reveals an extraordinary series of challenges and frustrations with which he had to contend at a time when the country of Colombia was just recovering from a brutal war with the Spanish rulers - won by Simon Bolivar – and from a series of devastating earthquakes'.


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Michael Longridge (1785-1858)

Michael Longridge (c.1785-1858), was nephew of Thomas Longridge (c.1751-1803), co-owner of Bedlington Ironworks from 1782. He was also a cousin of  Daniel gooch.

He caused the erection of new buildings to cater for the social and educational needs of his workmen. These buildings carried the arms of the Longridge family on the gable of a cottage.

Michael Longridge was the business brain behind the success of the company in railway development. Bedlington was a pioneer in the rolling of long malleable iron rails.


1823 Michael Longridge of Bedlington was a partner in the newly formed Robert Stephenson and Co. - other partners were Robert and George Stephenson, Edaward Pease of Darlington. The original capital was £4,000 divided into ten shares of £400 each. The Stephensons and Longridge held two shares each, Pease held four Another source says Edward Pease also held the shares of Thomas Richardson.

He also managed Rbt Stepenson and Co works during Rbts absence abroad. During these periods, Michael Longridge managed both Bendlington and Forth Banks Firms.





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