A HOUSE built for a manager at the world’s first steam-operated public railway is up for sale for £155,000.
Layfield House in Urlay Nook Road, Eaglescliffe, was built in 1840 by the Stockton & Darlington Railway, for a manager at the Hole of Paradise coal depot at the end of the 1.2 mile long Yarm branch.
The Grade II listed, two-bedroomed detached house was property D13 in the railway company’s records.
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In the late 1850s, the line marked each of its residential properties with a unique number. Houses on the route from Thornaby to Middleton St George were given numbers prefixed by the letter D. The black-and-white D-number plaque still survives beneath the house’s eaves, and it is the only one of the 20 D-numbers to survive in situ.
The railway abandoned its coal depot line in 1871, and gradually houses and roads were built on its trackbed so that it is now almost impossible to discover.
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