Coalbrookdale in Shropshire's Ironbridge Gorge is the place where iron ore was first smelted by Abraham Darby using easily mined 'coking coal'. This development was a major factor in the growing industrialisation of Britain.
Holy Trinity Church - known as the Jewel of the Dale - has many treasures including a superbly decorated chancel ceiling and a rare 16th century Flemish stained glass window depicting The Last Supper.
There is also a monument to Captain Matthew Webb, the first person to swim the English Channel without the use of artificial aids.
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