The weather was forecast to be wet all day so ideal to tackle a couple more of the museums of the Ironbridge Gorge.
Our morning was spent looking round the Jackfield Tile Museum in the small village of Jackfield. The village was once the site of two large tile factories – Maws and Craven Dunnill. Both factories were built to the latest industrial design at the time and both boomed until the 1920’s. The Craven Dunhill factory is now the home of the Jackfield Tile Museum. The museum was fascinating. It not only told the history of tiles making in the area which boomed in the Victorian period but also had magnificent displays of tiles produced at the factories and a series of period rooms illustrating how the tiles were used.
After lunch it was still raining so we head to Museum of Iron based on the site and in some of the surviving buildings of Coalbrooke Iron Foundry. The foundry boomed during the 18th and early 19th century. At its peak it employed over 4,000 men and boys. The aqueduct for bringing water to the site still remain and the ruins of the foundry furnaces including the furnace where Abraham Darby pioneered the use of coke as a smelting fuel in place of charcoal are still present.
The museum told the history of iron production in the area and how it was used including a display of iron cast everyday objects such as seats and tables etc.
An interesting day despite the weather.