brought about the widespread use of factories, around which
towns and cities developed. Many of the factories of the industrial
age remain intact today and can be visited to make your understanding
developed simply because the new machinery that was developed
in the Industrial Revolution was too large to fit into small
buildings and was more efficiently used in a new type of building.
Ideally the factory owner could house all of the elements
of his manufacturing process in one building, reducing the
cost of producing goods and the time it took to make these
parts of Britain saw the growth of different types of Manufacturing
industries. Coalbrookdale is famed for its Iron works, the
Pennines for wool and cotton manufacturing, the area around
Stoke is still referred to as being the 'Potteries' today.
These areas built up due to close proximity to raw materials,
the intended market for the produce and to ports. Each areas
population grew rapidly as impoverished agricultural workers
sought a new life and guaranteed work in the apparently prosperous
here for examples of Factories and the towns that grew
up around them.