Coalbrookdale

Coalbrookdale

Coalbrookdale is a town in the United Authority Telford and Wrekin near Shrewsbury in England. It is one of the birthplaces of the Industrial Revolution. In 1709, Abraham Darby leased the ironworks there. The conversion of the iron ore there with stone instead of charcoal, which was a precondition for industrial mass production of pig iron, is an important step in the Industrial Revolution. His grandson, Abraham Darby III, built the Coalbrookdale The Iron Bridge, the world's first iron bridge opened in 1781. As a result of sales problems, in 1767 Richard Reynolds, one of the owners of the Coalbrookdale ironworks, cast cast-iron cast iron bars in stock. In order to be able to make good use of these in the meantime, he used them to lay out worn wooden screed rails for the slag railway, where they fulfilled the intended purpose excellently. This is considered as the birth of the iron rails for vehicle wheels. Even today, industry is still settled in the area.

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