Hello Avid Followers!
Today was the last of the heritage trips, and for it we went to Ironbridge. As you might have guessed, it is a bridge made of iron. I was not especially excited about this trip as my friends usually fell asleep during one hour coach rides, so how would they stay awake for a two-and-a-half hour one? Also because it is really just a bridge and I have seen plenty of those before. But all the same, I got on the coach and rode it for what seemed like all time to this small town that has a large bridge of iron.
The ride over was not as bad as I thought it would be, as I remembered my sudoku book and I talked to the UK professor about what certain road signs meant, what were some big cities, etc. Once we arrived, we all got off the coach and walked along the massive bridge called Ironbridge. It was a pretty view, but it was freezing, and I was a bit disappointed we drove all this way just for a bridge. But then our liaison took us to a museum that shows the creation of Ironbridge, which was interesting. It talked about how there are lots of natural resources in the town’s area to make iron and how iron production originated there. We then went to a pottery museum, because pottery was a big thing in the town around the same time as iron. The pottery museum was really neat, as you got to see people actually making pottery and the inside of giant kilns (large furnaces used to fire pottery and make it shiny). There were also glass cases full of teacups to look at, which I loved. I do not think I am especially “girly”, but I do love me some teacups and tea-sets.
We then got some lunch at a nearby cafe. Everyone got Jacket Potatoes, which are basically a glorified baked potato. Bees kept buzzing around our food though, and we almost had to stop eating as they were getting rather out of hand, but eventually they got bored and left. After that we saw some ducks in a nearby stream. They basically just swam around and ate some cheese puffs that other people were throwing to them.
After that, we headed to the iron museum to see how iron was made and how what is made with it has changed throughout the years. It was interesting, but not especially fascinating. I do like museums though, so I was not too upset by this point. And we actually got to learn about different types of ovens that people use in Great Britain, which interested me since I love baking. Then, we headed to the “Darby House”, which was the home of the main creator of iron in the town. He was a Quaker so most of the house was somewhat modest even though he would have been very rich. There was also a dress up area, and some people got fully decked out in old-time Quaker clothes.
Next we quickly went up a steep hill to see the Quaker burial grounds from Mr. Darby’s time period, which was also on a steep incline. It was a rather small area, but still very fascinating. All the head stones were laid against the walls of the grounds instead of where the bodies were, which is what is usually done, at least in America. It was very interesting to think how many people have been there to pay their respects to loved ones over the years. There were also two red woods in it, which apparently were transported when it was first being made from America.
Afterwards, we had tea and scones at another nice small cafe before getting back on the bus to head back to the university. Although it was a two-and-a-half hour trip, was still very interesting to see. They seem to have a museum for everyone, so do not feel bad making your friends or family go with you, because of the ten museums they have, one has to interest them.
I hope you have a wonderful day!
“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey.” -John Hope Franklin