The Life of Robert Stephenson – a Timeline
Childhood and Early Years
1803 Robert was born on 16th October (throughout his life he thought his birthday
was 16th November). His birthplace was an upper room in a terraced cottage at Willington
Quay, a few miles east of Newcastle upon Tyne. Robert’s parents were George and
Frances Stephenson (George also played a major role in the development of railways
and the, often overlapping, achievements of George and Robert Stephenson are frequently
1804 His parents moved to Paradise Row (despite the name, one room and a loft),
West Moor, Killingworth where George was working.
1806 His mother, Frances, died. Robert was left in the care of 20 year old Ann
Snaith while his father, George, in his grief, went to work in Montrose, Scotland.
1808 Ann Snaith married George’s brother (also called Robert) and took the young
Robert into their home. When George returned later that year, he