Museum of Iron (1), Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, Shropshire. Location map
 
  Museum of Iron, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, Shropshire, England   Museum of Iron, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge.

The Museum of Iron building was built in 1838, the cast-iron clock tower was added in 1843, and windows, lintels, window sills and internal columns are all cast iron.

 

 

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  A view of the interior, Museum of Iron, Ironbridge, Shropshire, England   Museum of Iron, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge.

Inside the building the cast iron columns which form a major part of the structure are easily seen. The museum will take you on a journey through time to explore how Coalbrookdale became the centre of the iron industry.

 

 

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  The Clocktower interior, Museum of Iron, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge, Shropshire, England   Museum of Iron, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge.

Looking up into the clocktower. The rather obvious bell is used for the clock chimes which still sound every hour.

 

 

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  Photograph of the cast iron deerhound table, Museum of Iron, Coalbrokkdale, Ironbridge, Shropshire, England   Museum of Iron, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge.

This is described as a Hall Table but if we put it in our hall there wouldn't be much room left. It was made of cast iron in 1855 and although the top looks as though it is marble it too is made of iron painted to look like marble. The Deerhounds are life size and are remarkably detailed and I shudder to think what the weight might be but I have to say that it is magnificent.

 

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  Photograph of the cast iron deerhound table, Museum of Iron, Coalbrokkdale, Ironbridge, Shropshire, England   Museum of Iron, Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge.

This building covers Abraham Darby's original revolutionary water powered Blast Furnace to protect it from the elements. It is free to enter so you can go in and out as you please.

 

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