Kitchen at the Shildon works, County Durham, c 1945.
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Workers in the kitchen at Shildon works. Workers could come and eat in the canteen even on days when they were not working. There was enough space for over 1000 men to eat, and everyone had their own seat. The rooms were staffed by attendants and cooks. Shildon was the site of the world's first railway works. It was opened in 1833 by the Stockton & Darlington Railway. It originally built locomotives but later became the site of Britain's largest wagon works. It closed in 1984. In 2004 it re-opened as a museum.