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The Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution

This bridge, finished in 1779, is generally considered the beginning of the Industrial Revolution; since we had a rental car the area was easy to visit on our way from Stratford to Conwy

This bridge, finished in 1779, is generally considered the beginning of the Industrial Revolution; since we had a rental car the area was easy to visit on our way from Stratford to Conwy

Two reasons this site was useful to early industrialists; raw materials, coal, iron ore, limestone and clay, for the manufacture of iron, tiles and porcelain are exposed or easily mined here and the deep and wide river allowed easy transport to the sea

Two reasons this site was useful to early industrialists; raw materials, coal, iron ore, limestone and clay, for the manufacture of iron, tiles and porcelain are exposed or easily mined here and the deep and wide river allowed easy transport to the sea

Jackfield ware has a distinctive red body and black glaze decoration; it was utilitarian and produced in the area from 1750-1800

Jackfield ware has a distinctive red body and black glaze decoration; it was utilitarian and produced in the area from 1750-1800

Lee and I visited the Museum of the Gorge to give us a good overview of the area; this old warehouse was eventually used as a soft drink factory

Lee and I visited the Museum of the Gorge to give us a good overview of the area; this old warehouse was eventually used as a soft drink factory

The Coalbrookdale Company became famous in the 19th century for their cast iron products; today, the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron is one of the ten interesting destinations in the valley

The Coalbrookdale Company became famous in the 19th century for their cast iron products; today, the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron is one of the ten interesting destinations in the valley

Ironbridge Gorge has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986; throughout the UK, costs have seemed very reasonable except for lodging which seems to always be expensive

Ironbridge Gorge has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1986; throughout the UK, costs have seemed very reasonable except for lodging which seems to always be expensive

John Rose tea set 1810; tea drinking became fashionable in England in the 17th century but initially it was a luxury for the wealthy

John Rose tea set 1810; tea drinking became fashionable in England in the 17th century but initially it was a luxury for the wealthy

The 1784 Tontine Hotel was built by the same group of owners as the Iron Bridge which conveniently ends at the front door of the hotel; the area declined when the steam railway arrived in the 1860s

The 1784 Tontine Hotel was built by the same group of owners as the Iron Bridge which conveniently ends at the front door of the hotel; the area declined when the steam railway arrived in the 1860s

It's hard to picture the River Severn handling ocean-going vessels but the river is actually the longest in the UK at 220 miles and empties into the sea at Bristol; the Avon River is one of its many tributaries

It's hard to picture the River Severn handling ocean-going vessels but the river is actually the longest in the UK at 220 miles and empties into the sea at Bristol; the Avon River is one of its many tributaries

Jeweled vase, 1910; the Coalport China Museum fills an old porcelain factory; most of the factories in the area have now closed and have either been repurposed or are empty

Jeweled vase, 1910; the Coalport China Museum fills an old porcelain factory; most of the factories in the area have now closed and have either been repurposed or are empty

Driving the narrow roads of the UK is hard enough without having metal curbs!; the countryside has very few stop lights (and no billboards!) but has thousands of roundabouts

Driving the narrow roads of the UK is hard enough without having metal curbs!; the countryside has very few stop lights (and no billboards!) but has thousands of roundabouts

Lee hasn't been afraid of trying local specialties but he said the pork pie was bland and not worth eating; I don't know how drivers managed in the old days before google maps!

Lee hasn't been afraid of trying local specialties but he said the pork pie was bland and not worth eating; I don't know how drivers managed in the old days before google maps!

Posted by VagabondCowboy 22:07

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