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Telford town guide

Telford, in the county of Shropshire, did not exist prior to 1963. The communities of Madeley, Ironbridge,

Coalbrookdale and Dawley were amalgamated and developed to become the new City of Telford from 1963 onwards.

Thomas Telford, whose name the city has taken was an eminent engineer responsible for the design of many great bridges, viaducts, canals and even churches. Many examples of his work can be found in Shropshire.

The city lies in the shadow of the Wrekin. At 1,300 feet high this prominent landmark dominates the countryside for many miles. The mighty River Severn passes close by through beautiful Shropshire country and at eponymous Ironbridge under the first iron bridge ever to be constructed in the world.

A hire car will take the visitor swiftly to Ironbridge. As befits the cradle of the Industrial Revolution there is much here for the visitor to discover at this World Heritage Site about the origins of industry. Amongst other attractions here can be found the Coalbrookdale Museum and the Blist hill Victorian Town as well as Abraham Derby's original Iron Works.

Once tired of al this industry a short drive by hire car into the peaceful country around the Wrekin will restore the spirits.

Back in Telford there are many amenities available, such as the Ice Rink, Horsehay Village Golf Centre, Oakengates Theatre and Telford Town Park.

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