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23 August 16        Blists Hill Victorian Town.    Sunny.

Also see here  here  and  here

Blists Hill is an open-air museum, one of ten museums operated by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.
The museum attempts to recreate the sights, sounds and smells of a Victorian Shropshire town in the late
19th and early 20th centuries.  In the 18th and 19th centuries, Blists Hill was an industrial region consisting
of a brick and tile works, blast furnaces and coal, iron and fire clay mines operated by the Madeley Wood
.  A short section of the Shropshire Canal ran across the site to the Hay Inclined Plane, which
transported boats up and down the 207ft (63m) tall incline from Blists Hill to Coalport.

The Shropshire Canal.

The Hay Inclined Plane.

St. Chads Mission Church.

Milepost with benchmark.

The Coalbrookdale Locomotive.

In 1802, 27 years before Stephenson's 'Rocket', the Coalbrookdale Company began building the world's
first steam railway locomotive.  Evidence suggests that Richard Trevithick, an inventor from Cornwall,
was involved but it is not known if the project was ever completed.  This locomotive at Blists Hill is a
replica, based on the original design, built in Telford by a team of nine apprentices from GKN Sankey
and completed in 1989.  Richard Trevithick went on to build the world's first successful steam locomotive
in 1804 but his ideas were ahead of their time - he gained no financial support and died in poverty.

The Locksmith's shop.

Dentist's chair.

The Chemist shop.

And a bonus video....

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