This is a completely revised and updated edition of The Industrial Archaeology of Shropshire, first published in 1996, and now includes over 140 colour illustrations, together with 60 in black and white.
Shropshire was one of the birthplaces of Britain’s Industrial Revolution, and the monuments of this period of the nation’s history, particularly the Iron Bridge, are widely recognised as a symbol of that time. The Ironbridge Gorge features heavily in this book, for its mines, the variety of its manufactures, for its role in the Severn Navigation and for its ingenious canals and early railways. The county’s other coalfields, near Oswestry, around Shrewsbury, in the Wyre Forest and on the Clee Hills are analysed in some detail, which gives perspective to the achievements of those who worked in and around Coalbrookdale.
Industry also flourished in the Shropshire countryside and the book examines the many uses of water power, brick-making, and industries related to food production, as well as highlighting the opportunities for manufacturing provided in the 17th and 18th centuries by open commons on which squatters could settle, and by the availability of redundant military bases and railway stations in the 20th. Shropshire’s market towns housed foundries, coachbuilders and later railway engineering works, as well as such traditional industries as corn milling, tanning and malting. The book describes the imposing monuments of lead mining around the Stiperstones. It analyses the full range of textile manufactures, from the humble cottages of ‘custom weavers’ to the mighty iron-framed flax mills in Shrewsbury, and also examines the county’s roads, canals and main line railways.
Barrie Trinder spent more than 30 years teaching in Shropshire, in the county’s adult education service and at the Ironbridge Institute. He is the author of many books on industrial and social history.
Paperback | 304 pages | 242 x 171 mm | 2016
Over 140 colour and 70 b&w illustrations, mainly photographs