Saturday, August 20, 2011

My new (old) life - 18th century throwback

This is Ironbridge, my home from 1992 to 2010. It's where I'm spending the two months prior to Anna's arrival from Australia in early September, at which time we'll be setting up in Islington, London.

Ironbridge is a world heritage site and the "birthplace of industry". It was here, back in the eighteenth century, that iron ore was first smelted using coke rather than charcoal. In simple terms, this meant that iron suddenly became economically feasible as a manufacturing material. So began the industrial revolution. The bridge in the picture is the first ever iron bridge in the world, dating back to 1779. For more info, click here. If you ever find yourself in the Midlands, Ironbridge is well worth a visit.

PS - If you know of anyone who would like to come and live in a beautiful place like this, I just happen to know of a very nice house for sale at an excellent price:-)


14 comments:

  1. It does look lovely, but perhaps requires a fair amount of upkeep. I can see water stains and mould. Do the shingles keep the rain out, or is it all the materials beneath the shingles. Some of the shingles look more like bricks. I guess it is the zoom that gives the impression of living in each other's pocket!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Nice place. It is obvious that the bridge is very old. But it has its charm. Above the roofs of houses is impressive. Nice day wishes Peter.

    ReplyDelete
  3. The age of things in England is so incredible for us in the 'new' world. So much history!

    ReplyDelete
  4. It's a gorgeous place Alan - and I enjoyed reading the background about Ironbridge - the detailing on the bridge is quite modern considering it was designed in 1779!

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a beautiful spot. Nice shot Alan. Have a great Sunday.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Goodness. Although I have never visited this bridge I know of it as my father spoke of it. I visited an Aunt in Shifnal in 2008 and also found a shop in New Street Wellington owned by my ancestors in the late 1800's to early 1900's. Thanks for the reminder.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Enjoyed reading your background information on the post Alan. 1779- such amazing engineering. What a contrast also with your Melbourne posts. Have a wonderful week!

    ReplyDelete
  8. This is so great! Wonderful post Alan.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Gosh that's pretty impressive Alan, 1779 how fantastic, it looks just the part sitting there nestled among all those shingled roofs! Great shot and most interesting history. Good luck with selling the house!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I would never imagine this bridge is so old, especially because it has a nice design!
    Have a good new week Alan! ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thanks all:-)
    Joe - It's a small world! Shifnal is a 10-minute drive in one direction and Wellington the same distance in the other.
    Julie - Erm, I'm not the most practically minded. Think there is some material under the tiles but the tiles are designed to direct the water off the roof in the first place. The telephoto dos exaggerate it, but the houses are very close together nonetheless.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Islington? Very NICE! I lived there for 2 years just off Essex Road. The walk home from Angel tube station passed 11 bars. It was always our intention to visit every one but most of the time we didn't get past the first one.

    ReplyDelete
  13. It looks lovely Alan. Won't you be sad to leave it for the "big smoke"?

    ReplyDelete
  14. Cara - You've hit upon one of the main reasons we like Islington:-) We're a little further north, about a 15-minute walk from Angel (but only 7 from Highbury and Islington tube station).

    Craig - I did nearly 20 years in Shropshire. Much as I'll miss my friends, it's time for a change of pace..

    ReplyDelete

I still have lots to learn about photography. All comments or constructive criticism are very welcome!

Photoblogs