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A lovely spot. We made an overnight stop there this summer en route to our holiday in north Wales. I got up very early in the morning, walked the six miles into Telford through Ironbridge and Telford Town Park and caught the bus back just in time to see everyone waking up.
Visited Ironbridge gorge on two previous occasions, about 20 years apart and it was always a silvery/grey colour.

Bit of a shock to see it's new colour in your photos. In the first 2 pictures it appears to look like rust! Looks to be the same shade as the Forth rail bridge.
Roughly opposite the end of the bridge is a pie shop where I bought the best pork pie I've ever eaten.
That was last year.

dg writes: Eleys are still very much in business.
Prefer staying in Ironbridge when I have to visit Telford on business. Nice quiet place. Decent Indian restaurant and a great micro-pub (Coracle)
I was told during a field visit a few years ago that the bridge wasn't built with a "central point", but that a crease developed because the landslides on each bank squeeze in towards the river.
It's a shame the old coal fired power station with its iconic cooling towers and great turbine hall is being demolished, as it's as much a part of the industrial heritage of the area as everything else.

Some years ago I made a TV series for schools about the River Severn and we featured the Severn Gorge and all its history and the important role the river played. To go inside the cooling towers and see the water from the river cascading down from above was an amazing sight.
I would like to echo ActonMan's sentiments about the loss of the old power station. I visited Ironbridge back in July and during a walk along the gorge went right past the perimeter of the power station. It certainly gave me a sense of perspective seeing the giant cooling towers looming out from between the trees. Not only that but courtesy of a pair of binoculars I'd brought I noticed that there was a pair of Peregrine Falcons perched on top of one of the towers!
When I visited, twenty years since, I was told the ticket was valid for a year. So you could return and visit other museums.
Thanks for covering a great landmark in an often-unappreciated county that combines significant industrial heritage such as this with impressive mediaeval history and sensational natural beauty.
My wife and I visited in the early 1980's. It was just as interesting then as it is now. Thanks for the memories.

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