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H 245 x W 175 mm

236 pages

54 figures (black & white throughout)

Published Nov 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789690682

Digital: 9781789690699

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Ironbridge; Industrial archaeology; Industrialists; Midlands; Britain; Catholicism

Blood, Faith and Iron: A dynasty of Catholic industrialists in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England

By Paul Belford

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The Ironbridge Gorge is presented as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and so part of a national narrative of heroic Protestant individualism. However this is not the full story. This book asserts that this industrial landscape was, in fact, created by an entrepreneurial Catholic dynasty over 200 years before the Iron Bridge was built.



Introduction; Lines of Enquiry; Before the Revolution; Society and Religion; Visions of Landscape; Expressions in Architecture; Industry and Conformity; Innovation and Resistance; Industrialisation and Identity; Conclusion ; Bibliography

About the Author

PAUL BELFORD is an archaeologist. Currently the Director of the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, he was for ten years Head of Archaeology at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. His main interests include early industrialisation, urban archaeology, the archaeology of earthwork monuments, and public engagement with archaeology and cultural heritage. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Dr Belford is also a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.