Wylam, Northumberland, England

Wylam War Memorial

George Stephenson's Birthplace

George Stephenson's Birthplace was built around 1750 and is situated along the north bank of the River Tyne. It is a Grade II* listed building, owned and maintained by the National Trust and open to the public as a museum. The house features exhibits about his renowned locomotive, Stephenson's Rocket.


When George lived there, the little property was divided into four family dwellings. His family left the cottage when he was eight years old. Since that time, many poeple lived there, and it is believed that someone has remained behind. However, it is not George Stephenson that you might think, but a ghost that has been named Mabel.


Phenomena have included terrible smells, a custodians dog refusing to enter the spare room (which is regarded as a focal point of the unusual happenings), and the apparition of a woman in "black Victorian costume with a white apron".


Pictured left is George Stephenson's cottage courtesy of Ken Brown.

George Stephenson's Birthplace,

near Wylam,


NE41 8DS.


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For more information, please read Ghosts: Mysterious Tales from the National Trust by Sian Evans.


Visitor Information

Wylam is a small village in Northumberland, England.

It is situated about 10 miles west of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Pictured left is Wylam War Memorial courtesy of Newbiggin Hall Scouts. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.