Broseley is a little English town in Shropshire, with a population of 4,929 at the 2011 Census. The River Severn flows to its north and east. The very first iron bridge on the planet was built in 1779 throughout the Severn, linking Broseley with Coalbrookdale as well as Madeley. This belonged to the early commercial development in the Ironbridge Gorge, which is currently part of a World Heritage Site. A settlement existed in 1086 and also is listed as Bosle in the Domesday Book. The community is located on the south bank of the Ironbridge Gorge therefore shares a lot of the history of its much better known, yet extra current neighbour, Ironbridge. In 1600, the community of Broseley included only 27 houses and also became part of the Shirlett Royal Forest. The location was known for mining; some of the stone used to develop Buildwas Abbey was taken from Broseley and also there is proof that wood wagonways existed in Broseley in 1605, giving Broseley a severe insurance claim to the oldest railways in Britain. The wagonways were almost certainly constructed for the transportation of coal and also clay and it was these sources that resulted in the big growth of the town throughout the Industrial Revolution. Many of the growths commemorated by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust's collection of maintained industrial heritage websites either begun in Broseley or were attached to the community. Broseley was a centre for ironmaking, ceramic as well as clay pipelines; the earliest recorded pipemaker was operating in the town in 1590. The Broseley Pipeworks is just one of the trust fund's ten galleries, as is the Jackfield Tile Museum, which is positioned in Jackfield, just north-east of the community. John Wilkinson constructed the globe's initial iron watercraft whilst residing in the community, and also the prepare for the Iron Bridge were prepared in Broseley. Abraham Darby I, that developed the procedure of smelting iron making use of coking coal, is hidden below. In the latter half of the 19th century the area endured a decrease, as industries relocated somewhere else. This left a tradition of uncapped mineshafts, abandoned structures, abandoned quarries, ruin loads and pit piles. In the last thirty years of the 20th century Broseley experienced a modern revival with the development of Telford throughout the River Severn. New estates were constructed to the east of Broseley centre, whilst many older residential properties were developed or restored, yet the community is still less inhabited now than it would certainly have been 200 years back, when population numbers mored than 5,000.