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    Cooling towers?
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  • Map of Ironbridge – 1883
    Map of Ironbridge – 1883
    by grayfo
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    War Memorial
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    History of Ironbridge

    by grayfo Written Nov 5, 2014

    Favorite thing: The birthplace of the Industrial Revolution was the Ironbridge gorge; it was here that the world’s first iron bridge was constructed between 1777 and 1781 spanning the river Severn. The bridge was required for transportation in an area that was rich with raw materials including coal, iron ore, water (which was used for both the generation of power and transportation), sand (for moulding cast iron), limestone to flux the slag in the blast-furnaces, and clay to make tiles and bricks.

    Map of Ironbridge ��� 1883
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    Blast Furnaces

    by grandmaR Written Apr 24, 2009

    Favorite thing: On the way to Ironbridge we saw these structures - I took the picture out of the car window and it was fairly late in the day. I think these are actually the cooling towers of an electrical plant. But it does remind us that the blast furnaces of Abraham Darby that produced the iron cheaply enough to use, and that's why the area is called the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

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    War Memorial

    by grandmaR Written Apr 24, 2009

    Favorite thing: This statue was facing the road, and I have figured out that it is the War Memorial. These names are listed as being on it.

    World War One

    Adams J Hurdley J.

    Armstrong J. Jarvis W.

    Aston F. Moore A.

    Baugh W. Nickless T.

    Beddoe W.J. Oakley W

    Bradley G. Onions W

    Branford F. Owen B.

    Brazier W.E. Owen F.

    Brickley G. Owen W.E.

    Broadhurst G. Pearce H.

    Burton H. Pearce A.

    Burton R. Pugh G.H.

    Davies C. Rickards C.

    Davies H. Rickers H.

    Davis R. Rogers T.

    Dodd J. Sands A.

    Doodson C. Smallman H.

    Dorricotte E. Smallman J.C.

    Drewball F. Speake A.

    Edwards W. Speake H.

    Farlow W. Speake P.

    Farlow E. Steventon J.

    Hall E. Ward W.H.

    Hanley H. Watson R.

    Hanley W. Welch H.

    Harris E. Wilkes A.F

    Hurdley G.

    Fondest memory: Shrewsbury Chronicle 25th January 1924.

    The War memorial has been erected in the market square this week. It is a bronze life-size figure of a soldier in mourning attitude on a pedestal of Cornish granite 8ft. high. It is fenced with Iron pillars and an ornamental chain.

    Two bronze tablets are erected one bearing the inscription:

    In grateful and undying memory of the valiant men of Ironbridge, who laid down their lives in the Great War 1914-1918. We thank God for every remembrance of you.

    The other bronze tablet bears the names of the fallen...

    The sculptor for the memorial was, Mr. Arthur G. Walker.

    The monument was moved to the other side of the road, to provide a bus bay, this upset many local people. Local folk lore says:

    ” In the square he was looking towards the railway station to see his pals returning”.

    ”He was looking towards his beloved river Severn”.

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