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H 245 x W 175 mm
54 figures (black & white throughout)
Published Nov 2018
Ironbridge; Industrial archaeology; Industrialists; Midlands; Britain; Catholicism
By Paul Belford
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