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Coalbrookdale, Telford and Wrekin

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Coalbrookdale, Telford and Wrekin

Coalbrookdale is a village in the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire, England, containing a settlement of great significance in the history of iron ore smelting. This is where iron ore was first smelted by Abraham Darby using easily mined "coking coal". The coal was drawn from drift mines in the sides of the valley. As it contained far fewer impurities than normal coal, the iron it produced was of a superior quality.
Administrative CountyTelford and Wrekin
Traditional CountyShropshire
OS GridSJ6604
OS Settlement ClassificationOther settlement (village, hamlet etc)
RegionWest Midlands
CountryEngland
Police AuthorityWest Mercia
 

Other names by which Coalbrookdale, Telford and Wrekin has been known in the past

Colebrook Dale ~ Colebrookdale ~ Colebrooke Dale

Coalbrookdale, Telford and Wrekin in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Coalbrookdale, dist., vil., and seat with ry. sta., Dawley and Madeley pars., S. Shropshire, 11 miles SE. of Shrewsbury and 161 miles NW. of London, pop. 1707; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. The dist. or dale is 8 miles long and 2 miles broad, extending along the bank of the Severn from Newport to Broseley. It yields iron and coal, as well as limestone, in great quantities, and is studded with forges, mills, and furnaces.

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