Wednesday, December 20, 2006


A very Merry Christmas to everyone, and best wishes for 2007!

Snow falling over the Darby Furnace, as a coal train passes on the viaduct.

Some more photos of Coalbrookdale in the snow can be found in an earlier post. This one is a bit of a cheat, as it was taken in March 2006 so it does not represent current weather conditions! Although it has been very foggy lately, and this morning (20th December) it was in fact minus one and frosty, snow looks pretty unlikely this year!

Monday, December 11, 2006

New buildings at Jackfield

Part of the development of the Jackfield Tile Museum has involved the demolition of late twentieth century foundry buildings and their replacement with early twenty-first century 'arts' buildings. Part of this new structure overlies the old kiln which we discovered in September last year (see earlier post on the subject).

Looking through the entrance archway the new building looms into sight. Deliberately 'new' in contrast to the existing structures, and echoing the footprint and roofline of the buildings it replaces.

The new building contains arts and crafts workshops let out to various tenants, and the upper floor will contain a gallery.