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Ironbridge Gorge

Ironbridge Gorge and Iron Bridge: The Ironbridge Gorge is situated about 30 km northwest of Birmingham in the narrow Severn Valley. The Industrial Revolution in the 18th century had its roots in the Ironbridge Gorge. The Iron Bridge is spanning the River Severn. The Iron Bridge is the world's first bridge constructed of cast-iron. The bridge was designed by Thomas Pritchard and built by Abraham Darby III in 1779-1781. The Bedlam Furnaces were built at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 1750s, it is likely that the Bedlam Furnaces were used to make parts of the Iron Bridge. The Iron Bridge was over-designed. Later bridges, such as those built by Thomas Telford, used much less cast iron. The Iron Bridge is accessible on foot only. The Iron Bridge is probably one of the most iconic images of Great Britain. The Ironbridge Gorge was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1986. World Heritage Art: Ironbridge Gorge

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Ironbridge Gorge - The Iron Bridge, in the background the St. Luke's Church in the small village of Ironbridge. The Iron Bridge is the most famous monument of...

The Iron Bridge, in the background the St. Luke's Church in the small village of Ironbridge. The Iron Bridge is the most famous monument of the Ironbridge Gorge The Ironbridge Gorge is the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century. The Ironbridge Gorge was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1986.

  1. Ironbridge Gorge - The Iron Bridge, in the background the St. Luke's Church in the small village of Ironbridge. The Iron Bridge is the most famous monument of...

    The Iron Bridge, in the background the St. Luke's Church in the small village of Ironbridge. The Iron Bridge is the most famous monument of the Ironbridge Gorge The Ironbridge Gorge is the cradle of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century. The Ironbridge Gorge was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1986.

  2. Ironbridge Gorge - Ironbridge Gorge: The Bedlam Furnaces were one of the earliest furnaces to use cokes as a fuel to melt iron. The Bedlam Furnaces were built...

    Ironbridge Gorge: The Bedlam Furnaces were one of the earliest furnaces to use cokes as a fuel to melt iron. The Bedlam Furnaces were built at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in the 1750s. It is likely that the Bedlam Furnaces were used to make parts of the Iron Bridge. The Bedlam Furnaces are situated near the Iron Bridge in the Ironbridge Gorge.

  3. Ironbridge Gorge - Ironbridge Gorge: The Bedlam Furnaces are the remains of a coke-fired blast furnaces. They are situated in the Ironbridge Gorge on the banks of...

    Ironbridge Gorge: The Bedlam Furnaces are the remains of a coke-fired blast furnaces. They are situated in the Ironbridge Gorge on the banks of the river Severn, a few kilometres west of Blists Hill Victorian Town, an open air museum on a former industrial complex, one of the Ironbridge Gorge museums. The Bedlam Furnaces were in use into the 19th century.

  4. Ironbridge Gorge - Ironbridge Gorge: The Iron Bridge Tollhouse is situated at the south side of the Iron Bridge. Until 1950, people had to pay a toll to...

    Ironbridge Gorge: The Iron Bridge Tollhouse is situated at the south side of the Iron Bridge. Until 1950, people had to pay a toll to cross the  Iron Bridge. The prices are still displayed on the wall outside. Today, it is possible to cross the Iron Bridge free of charge. Nowadays, the Iron Bridge Tollhouse is a small museum and a local tourist information centre.

  5. Ironbridge Gorge - Ironbridge Gorge: The Iron Bridge spanning the River Severn. The Iron Bridge is the world's first bridge constructed of cast-iron. The bridge...

    Ironbridge Gorge: The Iron Bridge spanning the River Severn. The Iron Bridge is the world's first bridge constructed of cast-iron. The bridge was designed by the architect Thomas Pritchard and built by Abraham Darby III. The Iron Bridge was built in the period 1779-1781. The Iron Bridge was opened to the traffic on New Year's Day in 1781.     

  6. Ironbridge Gorge - Ironbridge Gorge: The River Severn viewed from the Iron Bridge. The Iron Bridge is situated in the village of Ironbridge....

    Ironbridge Gorge: The River Severn viewed from the Iron Bridge. The Iron Bridge is situated in the village of Ironbridge. Ironbridge situated in the Ironbridge Gorge. Nowadays, the Iron Bridge is accessible on foot only. The  Iron Bridge is accessible at all times of the year. The Iron Bridge Tollhouse tourist information centre has limited opening hours.

  7. Ironbridge Gorge - Ironbridge Gorge: The Iron Bridge and the War Memorial in the small village of Ironbridge. The memorial commemorates the 63 residents of...

    Ironbridge Gorge: The Iron Bridge and the War Memorial in the small village of Ironbridge. The memorial commemorates the 63 residents of Ironbridge who died in the First and Second World War. The War Memorial was erected after the First World War, after the Second World War, the names of those who died in this war were also inscribed on the memorial.

  8. Ironbridge Gorge - The Ironbridge Gorge and the Iron Bridge. The Iron Bridge is probably one of the most iconic images of Britain. The bridge was built to connect...

    The Ironbridge Gorge and the Iron Bridge. The Iron Bridge is probably one of the most iconic images of Britain. The bridge was built to connect the mining town of Madeley, the industrial town of Broseley and Coalbrookdale, the village where iron ore was first smelted by Abraham Darby. The Iron Bridge is now a World Heritage Monument (see also Pontcysyllte Aqueduct).

  9. Ironbridge Gorge - Ironbridge Gorge: The Iron Bridge spanning the River Severn. The Ironbridge Gorge was formed formed at the end of the last ice age as the ancient...

    Ironbridge Gorge: The Iron Bridge spanning the River Severn. The Ironbridge Gorge was formed formed at the end of the last ice age as the ancient glaciers spread and carved and changed the surface of the Earth. The gorge was rich in deposits of iron ore, coal, limestone and clay, which enabled the economic development during the Industrial Revolution. 

  10. Ironbridge Gorge - Ironbridge Gorge: The Iron Bridge and St. Luke's Church in the village of Ironbridge. Ironbridge is situated in the heart of the...

    Ironbridge Gorge: The Iron Bridge and St. Luke's Church in the village of Ironbridge. Ironbridge is situated in the heart of the Ironbridge Gorge. The village of takes its name from the famous Iron Bridge. The Ironbridge Gorge gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1986. The Ironbridge Gorge is situated about 30 km northwest of Birmingham in the narrow Severn Valley.