24 August 16 Coalbrookdale. Sunny.
Coalbrookdale is where iron ore was first smelted, by Abraham Darby, using easily mined "coking coal".
The coal was drawn from drift mines in the sides of the valley. As it contained far fewer impurities than
normal coal, the iron it produced was of a superior quality. Along with many other industrial developments
that were going on in other parts of the country, this discovery was a major factor in the growing
industrialisation of Britain, which was to become known as the Industrial Revolution.
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Jackfield Bridge, built 1994 to replace an earlier concrete bridge.
The base of the Hay Inclined Plane where it meets the canal.
The short section of the Shropshire Canal from the base of the Hay Inclined Plane
to its junction with the River Severn is sometimes referred to as the Coalport Canal.
The river Severn at Jackfield.
The Jackfield & Coalport Memorial Bridge.
The bridge was built in 1922 as a memorial to those who died in the Great War.
A bottle kiln at the Coalport China Museum.
The Coalport China Museum and the Coalport Canal.
At the museum. Can you spot the owl?
The bottle kiln, from the museum.
Inside the bottle kiln.
A 'cut-out' in the inner furnace shows how the pottery is stacked...
...and brickwork at the base to distribute the heat.
A display of pottery objects.
The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Jackfield.
Designed by Sir Arthur Bloomfield, 1863.
Church of St. Mary the Virgin.
Inside the Jackfield Tile Museum.
At the Museum of the Gorge. The river Severn can be seen through the window
and marks at the side show the heights of historic flood levels. The top mark,
with the red line, shows the height of the Great Flood of 1795.
Postscript - did you spot the owl...?