Travel Theme: Industry

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Developments in the iron industry played a central role in the Industrial Revolution. I have featured Ironbridge before, the first arch bridge in the world to be built from cast-iron designed by Englishman Abraham Darby (1678-1717) and architect Thomas Pritchard. So I will share a few images from around the other industrial areas of the town:

The Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron (and above)




Kiln at Coalport

 Victorian Tile Factory

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

28 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Industry”

    1. I like the photos of the huge cog, and large wheel. A real celebration of our industrial heritage Jude, and right on the mark of the theme too.
      Regards as always, Pete. x

        1. In Jackfield – about a mile from Ironbridge. The tile factory is a museum with workshops, the one I have shown has been turned into a crafts centre and townhouses. Along the Severn. Another post!

        2. Lovely and most interesting post about our industrial heritage, but sorry for being so ignorant, Jude; where is Ironbridge? I’ll look for it up on the map. 🙂
          Wishing you a great weekend, all Four of us, take care.

        3. Shropshire Dina. Between Shrewsbury and Telford so about 30 miles from where I live. A good place to take the visiting grandchildren 😉

  1. Our harbour bridge in Sydney Australia is also something to behold. Amazing how this was build, especially at that time. I think the Brits were always masters at building steel bridges. Great photos.

  2. Fabulous photos, Jude. Times gone by … Amazing how stout and sturdy things made ‘in the olden days’. Love the history in the pivtures and thinking about the men who worked the tools and machines.

  3. Why is industrial stuff always aesthetically pleasing? Maybe because form and function are so wedded. A beautiful collection, beautifully photographed, especially the wheels.

    1. Thank you Meg. It’s not something I photograph often, but I did like the shape and colour of the large cog and wheel.

  4. England was the master of industry way back. Sad how times change, but pleased that history is still recorded in all the museums to show it like it was.

  5. The photo of the kiln is so interesting. Is it simply the angle at which the photo was shot, or is it really that unusual shape? I’ve never actually seen a kiln that wasn’t a ruin so this one really got my attention.

    1. It really is that bottle/funnel shape Jo. Though it was quite difficult to get the whole building in so there is some amount of perspective distortion.

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