Coalbrookdale is a fascinating village in Shropshire, now part of Telford New Town.
This was the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, where Abraham Darby made his far reaching discoveries in the 18th century, involving smelting iron ore using coke instead of charcoal.
His original furnace can still be seen. Not too many years ago this was unloved, half buried and almost forgotten. Darby's discoveries led to the building of the world's first Iron Bridge, the beautiful structure down the hill across the River Severn which gave its name to the town of Ironbridge.
The Museum of Iron is an excellent museum showing the history of iron founding.
There is an interesting Quaker burial ground in the village.