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June 2008. Carers Weekend Away

Ironbridge is along the most spectacular stretch of the
River Severn, these six square miles that changed the world.
Although nature has now softened the landscape and reclaimed
her riverbanks, it still seems faintly shocking that so
beautiful - so quiet - a county should have given birth to
all things industrial in the world.
But it was here, within the dramatic gorge of the
River Severn, that the great Ironmaster Abraham Darby
perfected the secret of smelting iron with cheap and
plentiful coke, instead of expensive and less efficient charcoal.
Britain, and the world, would never be the same again.
Shropshire the birthplace of heavy industry.
The worlds first Ironbridge was built in Shropshire in 1779
and still stands testament to Abraham Darby’s industry
throughout the town, which now proudly bears the name
Ironbridge, ten astonishing 'hands-on', world class museums
celebrate those early pioneers.
And now a few picture showing the hotel and the grounds.

The Best Western Valley Hotel is a 3 star country house hotel,
set on the banks of the River Severn in the world heritage site
of Ironbridge, surrounded by award winning parkland.
This is a family run Georgian listed building, the level
of service was outstanding, the food fantastic and the
location ideal, several people said they would like
to visit the hotel again one day.

On the Saturday everyone went on a trip to near by
Blists hill, a combination of rescued or adapted buildings,
period machinery and artefacts all blending into a real
industrial landscape are the reason Blists Hill
is so successful in creating a twenty-first century
Victorian town.
The support of the costumed staff, the interpretation styles,
the quality of the demonstrators and the attention to detail
has all combined to create for many visitors an extremely
informative and enjoyable day out.

Some pictures from around the village.