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Apr, 11 2016

Ironbridge Gorge is huge and takes much more than a day to visit properly. I’m on my third or fourth visit and still loads to do! It is inscribed on the World Heritage List because of two monuments in particular – the furnace at Coalbrookdale where Abraham Darby I forged iron using coke for the first time, allowing the mass production of iron so vital for the industrial revolution, and the Iron Bridge, made by Abraham Darby III, believed at the time to be the world’s first iron bridge and a testament to the incredible innovation and sheer belief in the product; that iron could be used to make anything!

Well worth a visit is the Jackfield tile museum – brought back into use to make new tiles by the company who were originally based there. Fantastic continuity and an opportunity to see craftspeople at work. I also really like the Coalport kilns and the walks up in the hills at the sides of the gorge.

Close up of the iron detailing on the bridge

Close up of the iron detailing on the bridge

The bridge from the hills

The bridge from the hills

Coalbrookdale Furnace

Coalbrookdale Furnace

Ironbridge Gorge – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Ironbridge Gorge is huge and takes much more than a day to visit properly. I'm on my third or fourth visit and still loads to do! It is inscribed on the World Heritage List because of two monuments in particular - the furnace at Coalbrookdale where Abraham Darby I...