Staying in a hotel close to the River Severn in the canal town of Stourport, we started our study of the area looking at the development of the canal system which revolutionised transport from the mid 18th century. Stourport was developed approximately 250 years ago as an inland port where the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal joined the River Severn. As such Stourport was a pioneer town of the canal age and is the only town in the country to have been built as a result of a canal.
|Steam train on the Severn Valley Railway|
|The River Severn as seen from the|
|Ironbridge - A World Heritage Site|
This was the first iron bridge in the world, built in 1777-1779 by Abraham Darby III. It was intended to demonstrate the expertise of the ironmasters of the area and it was a spectacular success. This was cutting edge technology of its time, and artists and engineers came from all over the world to see it. Even today it's impressive.
|A Street Scene at Blist Hill Museum|
|Taking a ride at Blist Hill Museum|
|A Squatters Cottage, Blist Hill Museum|
The group had a very enjoyable time and the holiday exceeded all expectations.