The densely wooded, mineral-rich Severn Gorge was the "birthplace of the Industrial Revolution". In 1708, Abraham Darby (1677-1717) was the first to use coke for smelting iron, replacing traditional charcoal. His experiments rapidly revolutionised the iron industry making large-scale projects such as the Iron Bridge possible. A number of sites along the Severn gorge now form part of an industrial museum.
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