Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron – 20150330 – 09 – Boy and Swan Fountain and the Old Furnace

The Boy and Swan Fountain with the Old Furnace in the background. The modern triangular building protects the remains of the blast furnace where in 1709 Abraham Darby I perfected the technique of smelting iron with coke rather than with charcoal, which allowed iron to be produced much more cheaply than before and was one of the innovations that led to the Industrial Revolution

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