Abraham Darby I blue plaque in Bristol

The Industrial Revolution. Abraham Darby 1678-1717. First Metallurgical Laboratory 1702, Casting iron in sand moulds 1707, Smelting iron with coke 1710.

Abraham Darby I (14 April 1678 – 8 March 1717) was the first and most well known of three generations of that name. Born into an English Quaker family that played an important role in the Industrial Revolution, he developed a method of producing pig iron in a blast furnace fuelled by coke rather than charcoal. This was a major step forward in the production of iron as a raw material for the Industrial Revolution.

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