Broseley is a tiny English community in Shropshire, with a population of 4,929 at the 2011 Census. The River Severn flows to its north as well as east. The initial iron bridge on the planet was integrated in 1779 across the Severn, connecting Broseley with Coalbrookdale and Madeley. This was part of the early industrial advancement in the Ironbridge Gorge, which is currently part of a World Heritage Site. A negotiation existed in 1086 and also is listed as Bosle in the Domesday Publication. The town lies on the south bank of the Ironbridge Gorge and so shares much of the history of its far better known, however extra recent neighbor, Ironbridge. In 1600, the town of Broseley included only 27 houses and was part of the Shirlett Royal Forest. The area was known for mining; some of the rock utilized to develop Buildwas Abbey was drawn from Broseley as well as there is proof that wooden wagonways existed in Broseley in 1605, providing Broseley a severe claim to the oldest railways in Britain. The wagonways were likely constructed for the transport of coal as well as clay and also it was these sources that led to the significant development of the town throughout the Industrial Revolution. A number of the developments celebrated by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust's collection of maintained industrial heritage sites either begun in Broseley or were attached to the town. Broseley was a centre for ironmaking, pottery and also clay pipelines; the earliest recorded pipemaker was operating in the community in 1590. The Broseley Pipeworks is just one of the trust's ten museums, as is the Jackfield Tile Museum, which is situated in Jackfield, just north-east of the town. John Wilkinson built the globe's very first iron boat whilst staying in the town, and also the prepare for the Iron Bridge were created in Broseley. Abraham Darby I, who established the process of smelting iron making use of coking coal, is buried right here. In the latter fifty percent of the 19th century the area suffered a decrease, as markets moved in other places. This left a legacy of uncapped mineshafts, abandoned buildings, abandoned quarries, ruin stacks and pit piles. In the last thirty years of the 20th century Broseley experienced a contemporary revival with the development of Telford across the River Severn. New estates were developed to the east of Broseley centre, whilst many older homes were developed or restored, but the town is still much less booming currently than it would have been 200 years ago, when population numbers were over 5,000.