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carp

Shropshire

No work for a couple of days so got a deal off the interweb and headed off in the general direction of north welsh Wales. Going to visit Ironbridge tomorrow.
fartcatcher

Snailbeach is very interesting.

However, there are no snails and no beaches.
carp

No snails and no beaches.....ha. What can possibly be so interesting.

*hopes he tells me so I don't have to google it*
carp

Well today we went to Ironbridge. We may have struck lucky but hardly any other tourists so a pleasant experience.

Some nice little shops and cafes along the main street running parallel to The Severn. The volunteer in the bridge toll house was really informative and clearly had a passion for the local history.

Then we went to the Iron Museum and had a 45 minute talk and tour on the history of iron production across the centuries. The transformation from charcoal to coke furnaces revolutionised iron production in the area and gave it the upper hand for decades.
fartcatcher

There's lots of old* industrial relics and you can walk up to the top of Stiperstones. Nice little caff as well.

*they usually are
sheeps

Worked and lived in Ironbridge for a couple of weeks some time ago.

As Carp said, a nice little place, worth a visit. Pub on the t'uther side of the bridge called The Railway, was part of the station when the line was open, rail tracks buried in the road that runs past it. The Iron Museum did casting on certain day's, spot on place.

This was 25 years ago.
carp

We have had a lovely couple of days. Would we recommend or come back? A big yes. Would we want to live here? No.
bearing

It's fantastic around that area, love it and right on my doorstep. Loads of cracking museums around Coalbrookdale too, birthplace of Industry of course.

Not too sure I'd have been keen on visiting back in the day though, talk about Dante's Inferno!

carp

Isn't that Bedlam Iron works? Apparently the gorge was always shrouded in smog. It is thought that the larger sections of the bridge were produced at Bedlam because of the size of the sections was too large for other works in the area plus logistics of moving large sections.
fartcatcher

We went 'off piste' when we were there and i found a rubbish tip full of old tiles. Unfortunately mrs fc could only carry about a dozen in her rucksack.
bearing

carp wrote:
Isn't that Bedlam Iron works? Apparently the gorge was always shrouded in smog. It is thought that the larger sections of the bridge were produced at Bedlam because of the size of the sections was too large for other works in the area plus logistics of moving large sections.


It is indeed Bedlam. Did you see the face in the bridge?
carp

bearing wrote:
carp wrote:
Isn't that Bedlam Iron works? Apparently the gorge was always shrouded in smog. It is thought that the larger sections of the bridge were produced at Bedlam because of the size of the sections was too large for other works in the area plus logistics of moving large sections.


It is indeed Bedlam. Did you see the face in the bridge?


No. Spent more time talking to the bloke in the toll house. What face?
bearing

carp wrote:
bearing wrote:
carp wrote:
Isn't that Bedlam Iron works? Apparently the gorge was always shrouded in smog. It is thought that the larger sections of the bridge were produced at Bedlam because of the size of the sections was too large for other works in the area plus logistics of moving large sections.


It is indeed Bedlam. Did you see the face in the bridge?


No. Spent more time talking to the bloke in the toll house. What face?


If you look at the bridge from a certain angle you can see a face in it.

carp

Oh ok....No didn't see that. Is it a sign do you think?
bearing

carp wrote:
Oh ok....No didn't see that. Is it a sign do you think?


Nah, more of a profile than a sign.

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