Thursday, 24 March 2011


March 201

My visit to Blist Hill included a flying visit to Coalbrookdale, paying homage to Abraham Derby III's masterpiece - the very first Iron Bridge ever constructed.

Ironbridge - March 2011

This technical marvel was built in 1779 spanning the Ironbridge Gorge via an unprecedented 100ft cast iron span. 

The true marvel is that here we are on a cold and wet afternoon nearly 250 years later and still the bridge is pulling in the crowds.

River Severn south from Ironbridge

Sure the weary old lady is no longer expected to carry road traffic, but she is spick and span in good repair - thriving under its World Heritage Site status.

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