Colliery site near Wellington, Shropshire, 1821.
© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library
Lithograph after F Nicholson, printed by C Hullmandel, of a nocturnal scene showing a coal mine with pitheads, winding gear and engine houses, illustrating the transformation of parts of the English landscape during the Industrial Revolution. Smoke pours out of chimneys, polluting the atmosphere. Abraham Darby I (c 1678-1717) developed coke smelting in Coalbrookdale, which revolutionised the production of iron.