The pipeworks

The first time I found the tiny bottle kiln, abandoned and apparently forgotten, in a quiet corner of Broseley, I was amazed. It had been used for firing the clay tobacco pipes made in the small factory alongside. With the industry in decline, it was closed and left to decay nearly 60 years ago. It’s now part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum, one of their lesser-known sites. Other than necessary safety measures, the factory is preserved as found – a real “time capsule”. Well worth an hour’s exploration.

Broseley Pipeworks IGMT


2 thoughts on “The pipeworks

  1. Fascinating photos especially as we had a presentation at the Albrighton Historicial Society from the guy who still makes pipes there and supplies specialist pipes to film and TV companies. He supplies the pipes for the Pirates of the Caribbean films for example. The Society also had a visit there.

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