24/52 – Ironbridge

What do you do with two teenagers when on school holiday?

My suggestion! – make a visit to Ironbridge; you can enjoy Ironbridge all year round not just school holidays.

Ironbridge – Blists Hill Victorian Town

As a family we have never managed to get around the whole village in the 3 hours that the guide-book suggests.  In fact, to see the whole historical sight of Ironbridge you would need at least a weekend, maybe longer.  This visit took 5 hours and we still didn’t get to see everything (oh dear, we will just have to go again :D) between visiting the shops, bank, candle makers, the fun fair, the photographers and found time to eat , the village was set up to close for the evening.

First! a visit to the bank to exchange your 2013 money for the currency of the day (1900)

Then we met the drunken solider who was most surprised to find that my son hadn’t enlisted in the army at the age of 8 and was still at home with his parents.

Boo couldn’t make her mind up which job she should take, The Printers with their big heavy presses, the proof reading and a good understanding of arithmetic.  The 12 hour shifts 6 days a week with Sunday as your day off and an extra day at Christmas, bed and board was also supplied and the apprenticeship only lasted 9 years or she could working in the family business of candle making, where shifts were 16 hours long, you were required to either work next to the ovens melting animal fat to turn into candles or working with the melted fat dipping the wicks between 25 – 30 times to create a candle.  The money was very good, for everyone needed candles! Well, that was until someone invented Electricity.

Eating, options are Fish & Chip shop with chips cooked in beef fat (maybe not so good if you’re a vegetarian), or the restaurant above the local pub with its steaming hot chicken and mushroom pies, mash potato and roasted vegetables, enough food to fill a king or even the bakers with the wonderful smelling bread, rolls and cakes, no added preservatives and the bread so fresh that if you ate it quickly it would give you hic-cups.

Then to take on the rest of what is in store within the village, we did the butchers, bakers and a candlestick makers.  If your ever down Ironbridge way make sure to give yourself time to enjoy the delight’s it really is worth the while (well I think so).  Maybe if you’ve got the time take full of advantage of having a Victorian photo, dress up in the costumes, pretend for half an hour that you been transported to a time long past, see what it’s really like to wear such clothing.  I bet like Boo you’ll be only to please to clamber back into your current day clothes, mind you, I did fancy keeping hold of that hat ;).

Hope you enjoy the photos attached


Sam x


5 thoughts on “24/52 – Ironbridge

  1. I agree, it takes far more than three hours to do Ironbridge justice. I love the chemist shop! Your pictures are stunning and reminded me of the day we took our boys there! Thanks!

  2. Is this the one that was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site? I love the sound of Fish and chips, we don’t have authentic fish and chips here. It sounds very interesting and the photos are great. Thanks for sharing. Hope you are well? Wish you a lovely week!

    • It does seem to be, however, I hadn’t heard of the UNESCO before you asked the question, so I googled them and found Ironbridge amongst their suggested places. So thank you. Hope you have a good weekend

  3. Beautiful photography that really does one of my favourite places in the country complete justice! The Ironbridge Museum is also one of the best and is guaranteed to keep a whole family entertained for hours. I especially enjoyed the printing press demo and leaned that many of our idioms come from back in the day when these devices were in use, for example ‘minding your p’s and q’s’ – printers placed individual letters on a frame to print a page of text. The letters were reversed, making it easy to mistake lowercase ps and qs in setting the type and were fined for every spelling mistake, hence the personal financial importance of accuracy.

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