Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Toll End Works bridge , UK

I've always found beauty in some of the early industrial scenes.
In the heart of the iron making and coal mining area (not called the Black Country for nothing!) on the outskirts of Birmingham in the UK, this is a striking grade two listed black and white iron footbridge with the name Toll End Works cast into it - the name of the iron works that made it. The bridge was built in the mid 19th century and the surrounding area is now a nature reserve. In the background is the derelict Cobbs Engine House, also a listed building, which was built around 1831 and used to pump water from the mines into the canal. The steam engine it used to house is now in the Henry Ford Museum in Michigan!

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