A Place of History
The Ironbridge Gorge has an industrial history dating from at least medieval times that culminated in the building of the world's first cast iron bridge in 1779, a bridge which became an icon of its age. In 1986, in recognition of its unique role in the development of the Industrial Revolution, the Ironbridge Gorge was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Trust's land was exploited to provide raw materials of every description, fast flowing streams for power, and the River Severn as a transport system. The woods were coppiced for a hundred uses, including charcoal making.
Today, as you explore what nature has rehabilitated, you will still discover that many of the paths follow the lines of early tramways, packhorse tracks, and inclines. Old quarries, charcoal hearths, and bell pits abound.
You can read more about the history associated with the Trust's land in our high-quality publications or by following the links on the menu above.
If you would like to discover more about the history of area, follow the link http://www.ironbridge.org.uk/.