Category Archives: Industrial Revolution

The Fashion of Austerity

From the late forties and early fifties, with wartime austerity still holding sway over the must have fashions of the day, the ‘make do and mend’ philosophy still held sway even among the more well to do in society. The … Continue reading

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The Truth About Canning

Canning is a method of preserving food in which the food contents are processed and sealed in an airtight container. Canning provides a shelf life typically ranging from one to five years, although under specific circumstances it can be considerably … Continue reading

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Anatomy Of An Island Fort

No Mans Fort is one of the three forts in the Solent built in the 19th century to defend Portsmouth against invasion by the French. Here are some unusual images of an historic and complex lady of the sea.   … Continue reading

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Ironbridge & Abraham Darby III

The world’s first iron bridge was erected over the River Severn in 1779. Costing over £6,000 it finally opened on New Years Day 1781 and was in consistent use until 1934 when it closed and became a designated Ancient Monument. … Continue reading

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Coalbrookdale & Abraham Darby I

Abraham Darby I (14 April 1678 – 8 March 1717) was the first and most well known of three generations of that name. He was born at Woodsettle, Woodsetton, Staffordshire, just across the county boundary from Dudley, Worcestershire, into an … Continue reading

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Timeline Of The Industrial Revolution

The Industrial Revolution is not just one point in time, it is a series of events spread over several hundred years building on the development of the textile industry, the mechanisation of agriculture, the processes of power production and communication … Continue reading

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