Saturday 11th January 2020 –  Blood, Faith and iron

Saturday 11th January 2020 –  Blood, Faith and iron: a dynasty of Catholic Industrialists in 16th- and 17th-century England.  Our first talk of 2020 will be given by Paul Belford, Director of the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust.  The Brooke family acquired land in the Ironbridge Gorge at the Dissolution of the Monasteries, invested in coal mining and iron production, and introduced a radical new method of steel-making which transformed that industry 200 years before the Iron Bridge was built.  This talk will tell their story and look at how the Brookes’ Catholicism was reflected in the way they created a new industrial landscape.  Please note, we are back at the Shirehall, Shrewsbury for this meeting.  2.30pm, Saturday 11th January 2020, at the Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND