The Iron Bridge in Shropshire was the world's first cast iron bridge. It was built by a partnership between Wilkinson from Broseley, Pritchard from Shrewsbury and most famously Abraham Darby III, the grandson of Abraham Darby I, the man who discovered the secret of smelting iron with coke rather than charcoal. This innovation is said to have started the Industrial Revolution.
The bridge was built both as a crossing over the River Severn, as ferries were the only option for the growing industries, and also as a demonstration of the skills of the Coalbrookdale Company to build structures out of iron.
It attracted industrialists and tourists from across the world, keen to see this remarkable new structure being built and in place once finished.
It was opened as toll bridge, with only the ferry men being exempt from paying the toll.
They had lost their work as a result of the bridge.
The Iron Bridge is now cared for by English Heritage, and the series of 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums tells the story of the World Heritage Site that surrounds the bridge.
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How old is the ironbridge
Ironbridge's population is 2,457.
The first cast iron bridge is located, fittingly, at Ironbridge in England. It spans the river Severn, and was built in 1779. It is still standing.
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust was created in 1967.
It was (and is) called Ironbridge. It was built in the mid 1700's and is still there although it is now only open to pedestrians.
it is made from wrought iron
massive and made out of iron 6billion feet almost
The Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron is one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums based in the village of Coalbrookdale on the south bank of the River Severn in the Ironbridge Gorge, in Shropshire, England. It is located within a World Heritage Site, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
Is there a town called Bridge in Shropshire? I know of Ironbridge and Bridgnorth. Is it shortened name for one of them?
The Iron Bridge crosses the River Severn at the Ironbridge Gorge, by the village of Ironbridge, in Shropshire, England. It was the first arch bridge in the world to be made out of cast iron, a material which was previously far too expensive to use for large structures. However, a new blast furnace nearby lowered the cost and so encouraged local engineers and architects to solve a long-standing problem of a crossing over the river.