ATV Today: 22.06.1979: Ironbridge Anniversary


Peter Green visits the famous Shropshire town of Ironbridge whose bridge, built by Abraham Darby, celebrates its 200th anniversary this year.





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Shot of the bridge and the River Severn. Library shot of outdoor exhibits at the Coalbrookdale Museum (from ATV Today 25 June 1970). Shot of Eustace Rogers paddling his coracle on the river. Illustrations showing early river traffic and industry. Peter Green talks to Eustace Rogers about working conditions, poverty that led to thriving local poaching. Section of spacer where a filmed still of Tommy Rogers has been returned to the item from 31 October 1972. Filmed stills of other members of the poaching gang remain in this item. Eustace Rogers continues to talk about the decline of Ironbridge during the depression and the abandonment of many of the original cottages (brief shots are shown).

We then see shop fronts and tourists of the revived town followed by views of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum including a working steam winding engine. The site has been voted Europe's Museum of the Year. Interview with Neil Cossons from the museum about their ambitions. View of the gorge and the river. We then see the former offices of Wenlock Borough Council that have been converted into luxury flats. Exterior shot of the former Wesleyan School headmaster's house. Inside we see wood carver Neil Baird at work. Brief shots of artist Susan Wallace at work making porcelain figures. Peter Green then walks about Ironbridge with the former Wolves and England football player Billy Wright who grew up in the town. Wright reminisces about growing up in Ironbridge and his early football career. The final shots show Eustace Rogers in his coracle cut to music.


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