Darby Houses, Coalbrookdale

Eagle Slayer (John Bell), bronze sculpture cast by the Coalbrookdale Company around 1848.  The piece was purchased to commemorate the founder Chairman of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, E Bruce Ball (1903-1985) and is on display in the Darby Houses.

Eagle Slayer (John Bell), bronze sculpture cast by the Coalbrookdale Company around 1848. The piece was purchased to commemorate the founder Chairman of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, E Bruce Ball (1903-1985) and is on display in Rosehill House.

Date

30 March 2015
Location

Coalbrookdale

SJ 66680 04967; 52.64140°N, 2.49385°W

Information

The Darby Houses in Coalbrookdale are one of the ten attractions run by the Iron Gorge Museum Trust and were the homes of various members of the family of Quaker ironmasters. Rosehill House was built in the 1720s and has been in the care of the Trust since 1978. Dale House served as the Manager’s House for the Coalbrookdale Company and its construction was started by Abraham Darby I, who in 1709 revolutionised iron smelting by using coke rather than charcoal. Dale House suffered from a 20th-century flat conversion, but is now in the process of being restored to its condition of the 1780s, the period when it was the residence of Abraham Darby III, who built the world’s first cast-iron arch bridge.

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Attingham Park

Attingham Park

Attingham Park

Date

28 March 2015
Location

Atcham, Shropshire

SJ 54703 09962; 52.68543°N, 2.67152°W

Information

Richard Hill purchased what is now known as Attingham estate in 1700 and built Tern Hall mansion there. The estate was inherited by his nephew, whose son, Noel Hill, became the 1st Baron Berwick in 1784. On his father’s death, Noel embarked upon a programme of alterations. A new hall designed by architect George Steuart was built around the existing Tern Hall in 1783-85 and was given the name Attingham. Landscape gardener Thomas Leggett had created tree plantations in the 1770s and Humphry Repton was contracted in 1797 to improve the park’s landscaping. Attingham Park was left to the National Trust by the 8th Baron Berwick in 1947. The estate currently covers an area of 1600 hectares, half of its size in the early 19th century, and the main hall is a Grade 1 listed building.

Further Reading

Attingham Park (Historic England);
Attingham Park (National Trust)

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Snowdon Ranger Crossing, Welsh Highland Railway

Snowdon Ranger Crossing, Welsh Highland Railway

Snowdon Ranger Crossing, Welsh Highland Railway

Date

22 March 2015
Location

Snowdon Ranger Path

SH 56449 55194; 53.07462°N, 4.14425°W

Information

On its leg between Waufawr and Rhyd-Ddu stations, the Welsh Highland Railway skirts the shore of Llyn Cwellyn to the north east. Just below Llwyn Onn farm, it crosses the Snowdon Ranger Path, one of the main routes to the summit of Snowdon, which starts by the Youth Hostel on the banks of the lake.

Further Reading

Welsh Highland Railway

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Llwyn Onn Waterwheel

Waterwheel, Llwyn Onn

Waterwheel, Llwyn Onn

Date

22 March 2015
Location

Llwyn Onn Farm, Snowdon Ranger Path

SH 56537 55260; 53.07523°N, 4.14297°W

Information

Farmhouse waterwheels would have originally been installed to power machinery such as threshers and milk churns, with many of them later being converted to drive electricity generators. The 8 ft wheel at Llwyn Onn (‘Ash Grove’) farm next to the Snowdon Ranger Path above Llyn Cwellyn, was fabricated by the Union Foundry of Owen, Isaac and Owen in Porthmadog. The foundry was established in 1862 and continued in business until 1914.

Further Reading

Pred Hughes, Foundries amidst the Slate Industry of N W Wales, 2015, ISBN 978-0956565280

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