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:
Travel Theme: Industry
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. View all posts by Heyjude
28 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Industry”
World changing things took place in Britain back in those days didn’t they?
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
I knew there would be a time when I could post these images 🙂 Thanks Pete.
Indeed. And then came computer technology…
Love the tile factory and the chute, Jude
there is actually another tile factory that has tiles over the windows. I must do a post on that some time.
Where is that, or where are those, tile factory/ies?
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!
Oh, I shall look forward to your post!
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.
Shropshire Dina. Between Shrewsbury and Telford so about 30 miles from where I live. A good place to take the visiting grandchildren 😉
Dina if you click on my link above in the post it will take you to a post about Ironbridge. 🙂
Don’t hold your breath! I have a list of posts that keeps getting longer and longer…!!
No pressure, then!!
How can I pick o.n.e.? I can’t. All of these are so large and appear they can stand the test of time. 🙂
It’s a lovely place to visit now, but it must have been very mucky back in ‘the day’
May be but I do like what I see now. 🙂
As always Jude I am intrigued how you make ordinary objects into art with your photos. Well done!
Thanks Sue. It is so nice knowing you appreciate my efforts 🙂
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.
Ah, yes, “The Coathanger” I have one or two photos of that! Iron Bridge is a more modest affair 🙂
I like the shape of the kiln at Coalport. It reminds me of the ones I saw at the potteries in Stoke on Trent (in the olden days before I thought of taking photos of such things!).
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.
Why is industrial stuff always aesthetically pleasing? Maybe because form and function are so wedded. A beautiful collection, beautifully photographed, especially the wheels.
Thank you Meg. It’s not something I photograph often, but I did like the shape and colour of the large cog and wheel.
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.
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.
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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