The Old Furnace, Coalbrookdale in Telford secures a place in Historic England’s Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places

It has been announced that the Old Furnace in Coalbrookdale, Telford has been chosen as one of 100 places, buildings and historical sites that tell the remarkable story of England and its impact on the world.

The campaign run by Historic England aimed to find the 100 places that bring to life England’s rich and extraordinary history.

Historic England are a public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England's spectacular historic environment. They protect, champion and save the places that define who we are and where we've come from as a nation.

Nominated by the public in the Industry, Trade & Commerce category, the Old Furnace was included in a shortlist provided to judge, historian and journalist Tristram Hunt, and was then chosen by him as one of the ten places.

The furnace that was the catalyst for the Industrial Revolution, an ancient brewhouse in Cornwall and a remnant of the British motor industry are among ten places selected for their importance to our industrial past.


Following the announcement, Telford MP, Lucy Allan said:

“This is a fantastic achievement and shows just how important Coalbrookdale is to our industrial heritage.

“This amazing historical site attracts many visitors each year and so I am delighted that it has been recognised for its past and how it has shaped England today.”