Ironbridge, Shropshire, England
This elegant bridge, seen from the north bank and about 4 miles from Much Wenlock, was the first in the world to be built of iron and was completed in 1779. It is interesting to note that there were no serious injuries or fatalities during its construction.
It was constructed using joinery techniques although the joints were cast rather than being cut. This was to allow the structure more movement than could be achieved using bolts or rivets.
The Coalbrookdale ironworks nearby produced the first iron wheels, the first iron rails, the first iron boat, the first iron aqueduct, the first iron-framed building and this iron bridge.
The worth of iron as a building material was proven when within a year a flood had washed away all the other bridges except this one.
An old Milepost. What it actually indicates is that Shrewsbury (Shrewsby) is 13 miles from here and Ironbridge (Ironbre) is 0 miles and 1 furlong (fur) away. There are 8 furlongs to a mile.
Blists Hill is one of the many museums in Ironbridge and is, in fact, a re-created Victorian town. The museum attempts to recreate the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian Shropshire town in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
The museum's buildings fall into one of three categories, buildings that were already part of the industrial site, buildings that represent a generic type and original buildings that have been relocated to the museum.
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