With regards to tourist sites, first anything always amazes me, especially if it’s something massive and intricate. They didn’t have the machinery and technology back then, yet, we are able to visit all these century-old churches and towns with impressive architecture and design.
The Ironbridge view from the toll house.
In 1777, the world’s first cast-iron bridge was built in Shropshire, England led by Abraham Darby I, who first developed the technique of smelting iron ore with coke (fuel) instead of using expensive charcoal. Because of the use of a new material, it was greatly celebrated and the Ironbridge Gorge is known as the birthplace of industrial revolution. Today, it is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
I first thought it would just be a footbridge but when we arrive at the area, it could very well be a two-lane road. In fact, at the other side of the bridge is a toll house with prices for each passing vehicle and individual. Even the Royal Family is required to pay the toll! Such an interesting piece of history, innit?
The Iron Bridge Tollhouse
According to this site, s is 1 shilling and d is 1 penny. So every foot passenger is worth a halfpenny, a carriage drawn by six horses is 2 shillings! I tried to research how much that would be in today’s currency, but can’t seem to find one. Do tell me if you find any! I’m quite interested how much that is in the modern world.
Across the street is an array of quaint houses, cafes and hotels. Not uncommon in United Kingdom, actually, which always makes me giddy! It’s always nice to be surrounded with English architectural style.