The Ironbridge Gorge Was The Birthplace Of The Industrial Revolution
Visitors to this beautiful idyllic site today would find it almost impossible to imagine it as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in the later half of the 18th century. Where tress and green pastures now lie there once stood blast furnaces and streets grimy from the chimneys belching black smoke.
So important is the area centred around the small town of Ironbridge in the English county of Shropshire that six square kilometres of land has been designated as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
The outstanding feature of the gorge is, of course, the first ever arch bridge in the world to be constructed of cast iron. Built by Abraham Darby, the construction began in 1779 and was opened to the the public on the 1st of January 1781. Built across the River Severn it linked the ironmaking and pottery town of Broseley with the growing industrial centre of Coalbrookdale.