Ironbridge and the River Severn #AncientMonument #Bridge #Historic

At the heart of a pretty spectacular gorge in South Shropshire is the village of Ironbridge and at its heart the iconic Ironbridge itself, spanning the river Severn. The first iron bridge in the world.

This is what it would have looked like in its heyday

IB11 copy 

The idea was conceived in the early 1770s, building began several years later as the Industrial Revolution took hold, and the bridge was officially opened to vehicles on January 1st 1781.

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A Visit to Wightwick Manor and Gardens #NationalTrust #VictorianManor #ArtsandCrafts

Wightwick Manor was built in the late 1800s for Theodore and Flora Manders, and inherited by their son Geoffrey, a paint manufacturer and Liberal MP, in 1900. In the 1930s Geoffrey Maunder somehow persuaded the National Trust to take on a house that was only 50 years old. He and his seccond wife beccame live in curators.

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