Ironbridge- Gorge, in a really lovely, dark green wooded bend of the River Severn in Shropshire, was a rather surprising nursery of early industrial development. So much so that when this area was selected to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it became known as the birthplace of industry.
Now there are ten museums that tell the story, scattered over about six square miles and centered on the beautiful Iron Bridge. You can learn about iron smelting, china and porcelain making, tile making - all in original 17th and 18th century brick factory buildings. Or you can just opt for having a load of fun at Blists Hill Victorian Town, where you can experience the everyday life of a Victorian factory town, even celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee -- Queen Victoria that is. Mrs. Phillips, the dressmaker pictured here, holds court at Blists Hill's General Drapers and Outfitters, surrounded by lace, feathers, fabric and ribbons. Priceless.
Photo ©Ferne Arfin