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The Industrial Revolution

The first Industrial Revolution began in England in the 17th Century and spread to the rest of Britain over the next century and then the world. By its very nature no absolute date can be given, but a natural starting point would be 1698 when Thomas Savery invented the first practical steam engine. No other event in the history of the world has come close to the Industrial Revolution's significance for it utterly revolutionised the world. .

Robert Henderson

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The Industrial Revolution transformed the world. The agrarian self-sufficient way of life changed to industrial production powered by steam using the cheap and plentiful iron and steel. This was previously made by using charcoal from the disappearing trees, and it was in short supply. The new technique was to use coke made from the abundant local coal. This was first done by Dud Dudley, bastard son of the Earl of Dudley in about 1620 in Dudley. The technique was passed from the Dudley family to the Darby family by marriage. The Abraham Darby family several generations later moved to Coalbrookdale via Bristol where he acquired the finance to establish his iron furnaces. The Black Country contains fantastic geology which supplied the raw materials for the Industrial Revolution, and contains world class geological formations which are renowned throughout the world, in the Wrens Nest and Dudley Castle Hills. The relationship between the natural world with its resources and its influence in determining the creation of the Industrial Revolution is to be seen in the Black Country better than anywhere else. The Industrial Revolution is by far the most important contribution by Great Britain to the development of the modern world. It follows that the Industrial Revolution is our country's most significant icon.
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