Innovation is Failure

In the late 18th century, Ironbridge in Shropshire was at the heart of the British industrial revolution – and Britain led the world.  A fizzing hot house of invention, investment and innovation, it was the Silicon Valley of its day.  One of the thrilling new products discovered and processed in Ironbridge was ‘British Oil’.  The raw material oozed naturally from the ground in Ironbridge, and in 1787 the Coal Tar Tunnel was dug beside the River Severn, to harvest and transport this amazing product.  The tunnel was built by a certain William Hombersley.

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