Broseley Local History Society  
Incorporating the Wilkinson Society


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                 Welcome to the Broseley Local History Society Web site.

Broseley has strong links with the early industrial revolution.  By the beginning of the 17th Century it was a thriving industrial settlement having close links with Coalbrookdale, on the other side of the River Severn.   In the 18th and 19th centuries it developed into a major center for coal mining, iron manufacture, earthenware manufacture and a variety of associated activities. The famous Iron Bridge was built in 1779 to link Broseley with Coalbrookdale and led to the foundation of the town of Ironbridge which is now part of a World Heritage Site..

This early industrial activity has resulted in a settlement of remarkable character.  The architecture is a mixture of three centuries of building styles in a hilly and wooded setting mixed together in a delightfully haphazard manner.

The Society also has an independent reference collection of 'Wilkinson' relics, important local artifacts, photographs, documents and ephemera relating to Broseley's social and industrial past.  As further material becomes available this is added to the collection.

Contact:  Steve Dewhirst  at steve@broseley.org.uk

 

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