ARCHITECTURAL HERITAGE

The Downton Estate is part of the `birthplace of the Industrial Revolution’.

It is less than 25 miles from Iron Bridge, the world heritage site where the technique of smelting iron with coke was perfected in the late 18th century.

It was at Downton, in the gorge, where over ten percent of the country’s iron, from nails to plough shares, was produced.

There were eleven working mills on the Estate and while some remain in a state of disrepair, much of the industrial heritage including the bridges, weirs and mills in the river gorge have been renovated.

The cottages, barns and stone buildings have also been restored. These buildings are now used for a variety of functions ranging from lodges to grain stores.