Ironbridge Gorge, England: Blists Hill Victorian Town – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide

Ironbridge Gorge, England: Blists Hill Victorian Town – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide


Of the many museums
here in the Valley, the Blists Hill Victorian Town, creatively humanizing the age,
is my favorite. You’ll wander through
a 50-acre industrial site with a recreated town
from the 1890s, staffed with characters
in Victorian dress. Pop into whatever shop appeals. We’re meeting
the candlestick maker. Repeatedly dipping her candles
into the wax, she reminds us, “There’s no rest
for the Victorian worker.” Then, she shows off her clever
double-wick candle. -This is a Victorian
double-wicked candle. The flame can jump
from wick to wick, and it won’t blow out so easily. -Around the corner,
the printer is hard at work. Even with ingenious
mechanization, mass-production still required
skilled labor. ♪♪ As the engineer
fires up a replica of the first steam-powered
locomotive from 1802, we’re reminded that Britain
was the workshop of the world and that the combination
of steam power, iron wheels, and iron tracks helped propel the British Empire
to world dominance. Today, as industry evolves
and this early technology is eclipsed by our digital
and global age, museums like this help us
appreciate the impact of the relentless march
of progress.

23 thoughts on “Ironbridge Gorge, England: Blists Hill Victorian Town – Rick Steves’ Europe Travel Guide

  1. I love you Europe Europe country is the world no 1 most expensive beautiful sweet very very nice wonderful I love Europe culter I love Europe food I love Europe Europe is the my all time favourite continent in the world sir

  2. Neat! Note to self visit here. We learned about this bridge from watching a Great Course about the Industrial Revolution.

  3. Wow! I just did a video of my own in Ironbridge 😊👍 a day out with my dad! Can't say it was as good as yours Steve but I'm getting there

  4. I initially read it as, "…BLASTS Hill Victorian Town…" I was so confused. Sigh, I need coffee. Anyway, thanks for the videos, Rick! I'm finally moving to the UK this year, and your videos are a big reason why.

  5. What the English/Anglo people pioneered & gave to the entire world throughout the 18th century is absolutely amazing. People and their culture make the ultimate difference, not just the things created.

  6. Wow to think that candle making, steam engines fueled by coal and a crank printing presses was the Technology of the Times.

    Who’d thought that the 1890’s era tech would lead to cell phones, space shuttles, WiFi and 3D printing… and who’d thought that today’s era tech would lead to …

  7. Ignore this comment as this is a personal msg for someone

    Im just someone who likes to laugh. If possible, i just wanna take things lightly.
    But i wont pretend to be someone that im not.

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