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Ironbridge Gorge gets £12m government grant

Funding of £12m has been promised by the government to help preserve the Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site is under threat from landslides and slippage which could seriously damage the historic iron bridge and gorge.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: "It is vital that we do not let places like Ironbridge Gorge deteriorate or slide out of sight."

The world's first iron bridge was built there in 1779 by Abraham Darby III.

  • 04 Oct 2012