Coalbrookdale is a truly significant place in the history of the Industrial Revolution. It was here that Abraham Darby changed ironmaking by using coke instead of charcoal and his original furnace is preserved as a historic reminder.
This is how to meet your ancestors!
Probably the best outdoor museum in England, Blists Hill in the Ironbridge Gorge is a reconstructed Victorian Town where you can relive a typical day in shops, a pub, a working foundry, and even buy fish and chips old style.
England gets a bloody nose!
In my ignorance we visited Upnor Castle in our “usual mode” of being interested in the building and it’s purpose, but unusually for us, without any research into its history or related events. Because of this a bit of a… Read More ›
Industrial Rides: The Gladstone Pottery Museum
A lovely museum with three perfectly preserved bottle kilns and workshops showing the working of a typical pottery during the Industrial Revolution. If you’ve read Arnold Bennett Anna of the Five Towns you must visit this place.
The magnificent abbeys of Yorkshire
The first day of our continuation of The Tour of England, 🏴 and we cross the open border into England’s largest county ….. Yorkshire, the land of Richard III (but not his bones), Geoffrey Boycott England’s greatest ever cricketer (if… Read More ›
Tour of England revitalised
Our Tour of England gets underway again today as we head to the extreme north of our little country for Yorkshire and Northumbria. As usual this is NOT a wine trip on this elongated tour, but rather based on Saxon… Read More ›
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