Telford & the Ironbridge Gorge
Hiya lovelies! Monday is another Bank Holiday here and Connor has planned a secret trip for the long weekend! Penny and I are tickled and giddy and can't wait to arrive at our surprise destination tomorrow!
In the meantime, how about a few fun facts about the oldest iron bridge in the world? Yesterday, I dropped Connor at a meeting and popped over to Telford, a small town about 45 minutes from Birmingham and home to the world's first iron bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And yes, I am spelling this correctly. Ironbridge with no space is the official name. So creative.
The bridge was built in 1779 over the River Severn 70 years after people in this area discovered and began using iron. This area of Shropshire is known as the birthplace and most enduring symbol of the Industrial Revolution, and the UNESCO listing officially includes a 5km long portion of the Severn Valley - railway lines, mines, workers' housing, foundries... Remains and artifacts from the industrial period are on display in a few museums in Telford, but the most visible and popular attraction is the bridge itself.
"Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution" doesn't sound like something worth going out of your way for... and perhaps it isn't, but in true English fashion the village was wonderfully quaint, gardens were bursting with life, and cottages peppered the shores of the river. I didn't expect the bridge to be an appealing light blue; I was prepared for brown. So while the center of industry initially made me think of smokestacks and warehouses, I was thrilled and not entirely surprised that this was so gorgeous.
As they like to say here, Telford: "Well done, you."
Read more about the Ironbridge Gorge on UNESCO's Website!