Iron Bridge in Shropshire, England, the first iron bridge in the world was opened for traffic, on this day 1st January, 1781. Built by Abraham Darby III from a design by Thomas Farnolls Pritchard. This area is called the Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.
The Iron Bridge crosses the River Severn at the Ironbridge Gorge, by the village of Ironbridge, in Shropshire, England. It was the first arch bridge in the world to be made out of cast iron, a material which was previously far too expensive to use for large structures. However, a new blast furnace nearby lowered the cost and so encouraged local engineers and architects to solve a long-standing problem of a crossing over the river. (Wikipedia)
River Severn is one of the top 10 rivers of England because it is the longest river in the UK. It’s perfect if you want to go on a cruise, a kayaking adventure, a long or short hike, or just learn something about the culture and history of the surrounding region in one of the excellent museums. You could also visit Shrewsbury Castle which is next to the river, or you could try to visit the most famous of the bridges that enable people to cross the river without getting wet.