"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."
WE WERE THERE!
And it was beautiful. It was constructed in 1779 - 1781.
Know what else happened in this area?
THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION. That's what.
We went into the museum and learned all about it.
It was fascinating.
(But the presentation as a little boring. Coulda used a dash of Disney.)
Clint chose to sit in the car instead of joining us. There was nothing to do in there 'cept read my book. My "Happiness Project" Book....
He read three chapters.
After that, we drove to the top of the hill and viewed a private home (as opposed to a castle or palace) that had been built in the 1600's. It was named Benthall Hall. And COINCIDENTALLY it was the ancestral home of the (Vancouver) Bentall family (Dominion Construction and Bentall Properties etc). What a fun fact to find out.
For a day that was 'thrown' together half-way through the morning, it turned out to be a great day for 4 of the 6 people still on this England vacation. John and Val left this morning, and it feels empty without them.
(By the way, thanks Kim for the tip re: Wolverhampton. We stopped there for supper on our way home based on your comment.)
Three things I'm thankful for:
1. I pray to a God who listens. And answers. He doesn't mind me rambling on and on.
2. This is a beautiful world we live in. How lucky are we?
3. All three sons.
I've added the pics from today to this facebook album.