Facts about the image, Ironbridge China Factory
This image of the Ironbridge China Factory has been created during a period of snowy winter weather and rendered near black and white to show the effects of the fuel used in the china kilns on the red and brown brickwork of the buildings thereby depicting what William Blake must have had in mind when he wrote about those Dark Satanic Mills in the poem Jerusalem. Ironbridge is located on the outskirts of Telford, when you arrive at Telford by car you are greeted with signs reading “Telford Birthplace of Industry” for it is here that the industrial revolution began. Historical maps show the Ironbridge Gorge as being full of various polluting factories which are now all closed, however not all the factories have been demolished, some have been preserved as historical monuments in what is now a UNESCO world heritage site and nowadays you will find the Ironbridge China Museum housed inside the buildings depicted in this image.
At the time of the industrial revolution, Shropshire and Coalbrook Dale in particular were centres of industry where many different products were produced using local raw materials and those that could be imported by boat along the River Severn and combined with local material to make useful products.