Facts about the image, The Ironbridge
The iron bridge built at Ironbridge near Telford in Shropshire, England is the very first iron bridge constructed anywhere in the world. Built in 1779 the bridge uses the construction technology of the day, all the joints in the iron structure being copied from wood working technology as iron construction was still in its infancy.The image was taken from the south bank looking west at dawn in the autumn of 2011 and created not to copy the many images showing the bridge with a near perfectly circular reflection in the River Severn below but to show off the iron joinery and construction of the bridge as well as to clearly reproduce the text on the ironwork showing the year MDCCLXXIX in which the bridge was cast and erected.
Ironbridge town was called Coalbrook Dale before the bridge was erected and is a natural location for the world’s first iron bridge as it is here that Abraham Darby invented the process of manufacturing wrought iron using coke as the heating fuel, Coalbrook Dale provided the timber to make the coke, iron ore could be transported in and out on the River Severn and there was a plentiful supply of water. The very development of these processes in the late eighteenth century by Darby and the practical use of iron as a product by Thomas Telford in constructing the bridge are some of the reasons the industrial revolution began in England and put the great in Great Britain.