Thursday, January 10, 2019

A Change of Colour

Recently we visited one of my favourite places, the little town of Ironbridge in Shropshire.  I've been looking back at photographs to see when we last visited and it seems to have been in February 2017 when I took the photo below,  although we did pass through after our visit to Coalbrookdale in March last year because I remember that the bridge was covered over.

Designed by Thomas Farnolls Pritchard the iron bridge at Ironbridge, an iconic monument of Britain's industrial heritage, was completed in 1779 and opened in 1781. After a detailed survey it was found that the bridge, which  is cared for by English Heritage, was under threat of cracking and needed urgent repairs to safeguard its future. Project Iron Bridge began in Autumn 2017 and for most of last year the bridge was covered over as restoration work was done


Both the cast iron and masonry elements of the bridge have been repaired.  The entire structure has been cleaned and repainted and it is now restored to its original red-brown colour just as it was shown in a painting of 1780 by William Williams. I'm not sure of copyright so here is a link to the painting.


After walking over the bridge and taking a few more photos we had a wander around a few of the shops.

It was a lovely sunny morning but quite chilly.

There was still a smell of the paint used on the bridge in the air.

There weren't many people about around the bridge although cars were parked all over and the coffee shops were bustling.

We bought a newspaper, had a nose in a charity shop and the wonderful bookshop.

Looking again at the bridge

Do you like the return to the original colour or the grey? I must admit that I quite like the rusty brown colour now I've seen it.

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  1. It's been years since I visited. I like the red brown colour. I did enjoy our visit to that area.

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    1. It's a fascinating and beautiful area isn't it?:)

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  2. Ironbridge is one of my favorite places too!

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  3. I saw this on the On Show at the official opening the other night. I do like the new colour, it makes it stand out and 'show off' a bit. I really must put this on my 'to visit' list.

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    1. It is well worth a visit as is the whole area and all the museums there are fascinating. I didn't see it on television, I wonder who officially opened it?:)

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  4. Like many things, I like it returned to its original color. And what a lovely design it is.

    Delightful place to wander!

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    1. It is a lovely place to mooch around especially at this time of year when it is not so crowded:)

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  5. What a lovely day out. Have only been to Ironbridge once and really enjoyed the day. I really want to go back though as one of my ancestors made clay pipes in Broseley and I would so like to see the pipe museum there as it was closed on the day we went.
    English Heritage have made a lovely job of restoring the bridge and I personally like the new colour.

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    1. Thank you RR, it was a lovely day out and I'm glad to have seen the bridge with its new colour. Broseley always looks an interesting place with all its alleyways or jitties, we used to call them gennels in Derbyshire also ginnels further north. I haven't been to the pipe museum, it would be interesting for you to visit and see what your ancestor worked at everyday. I expect it was very hard work:)

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful day out. I am a fan of the original colour, you managed to get some great shots from different angles.

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    1. Thank you. We took photos from both sides of the river, it always looks good from any angle as it is quite an elegant bridge:)

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  7. It looks as if you had an interesting day out especially as you could see the restored bridge now painted in the original colour.

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    1. Thank you Linda, yes it was a lovely day out, it's only about an hour from here so just right for a longer visit. The bridge looks good although quite different:)

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  8. I can't recall ever having been there, which is odd because I used to visit Shropshire regularly at one time. The rusty red looks perfect to my eye.

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    1. It is well worth a visit if you are ever in the region, all the industerial museums are interesting and close to wonderful countryside too:)

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  9. Havn’t been for years.Must put it on my to do list.

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    1. It's an interesting little place, I love the way it nestles in the river valley and spreads up the hill:)

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  10. Gosh it looks so different in that rusty brown coat! The grey echoed the river but I expect the brown brings in the landscape. I'll have to have a trip to have a look in person. 😊

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    1. Oh, do visit it is such a lovely place and so many interesting museums in the area too:)

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  11. I think it looks quite smart now, it looks good even though 'rusty brown' doesn't sound so good!

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    1. I wonder what the true colour of the paint used is? It does look quite smart I wonder what people thought of it when it was first built it would have been quite something to see spanning the river:)

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  12. I think I like the red Rosie. It has been quite a few years since Olly and I have been to visit Ironbridge, must return soon. xxx

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    1. I hope you and Olly get to see the bridge on your next visit to Salop, I like the red too:)

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  13. I think I actually like the new colour best. I've a photo "somewhere", which I've taken on one of our visits to UK. May have to bring my big camera with me this year to get lots of photos, rather than my pocket one, which I took a few years ago. Thanks for sharing & take care.

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    1. I like the red too, I sometimes feel cluttered by my bigger camera but often regret not taking it as the smaller pocket one seems not to take photos as well. It sounds as if you are on your way to the IK this year?:)

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