The Darbys of Coalbrookdale
The Darbys of Coalbrookdale, Shropshire descended from John Darby who settled in the small town in the early eighteenth century. The Darby family became involved in the iron industry in Shropshire and eventually owned several ironworks in the vicinity.
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The Transformation of the Iron Industry
Coalbrookdale at its Zenith
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18th century Abraham Darby III Abraham Darby Ill's accounts Alfred Darby began bellows Benthall blast furnaces Boulton Bristol Britain brookdale Broseley brother Samuel building Buildwas built cast iron coal Coalbrook Coalbrookdale Company Coalbrookdale ironworks Coalbrookdale partners coke Company's concerns craftsmen Dale House Darby family Darby's district Donnington Wood early east Shropshire erected Exhibition Farm foundry Gorge Museum Trust Horsehay innovation Iron Bridge iron industry iron trade iron-making Ironbridge Gorge Museum ironmasters ironworks John Darby Kemberton Ketley land leased limestone Madeley Madeley Wood manufacture meeting house mill mines Old Furnace operation parish partnership period Photo pig iron pits Plate plateway pool pots probably Quaker Quaker meeting railway raw materials Richard Ford Richard Reynolds river road Shrewsbury Shropshire Canal Shropshire coalfield Shropshire ironworks slitting-mill smelted steam engines Sunniside supply surviving Tern Thomas Goldney Trevithick turnpike Upper Forge Watt Wenlock West Midlands William Reynolds workmen wrought iron