More than 300 years old, the 'New Pool' provided water to top up the Upper Furnace Pool that provided the power to turn the water wheels of the smelting furnace blowers of the Coalbrookdale Iron Works.
Along side the pool would have run a plateway (known as Ginny Rails) taking raw materials from the Rough Park Way to the works at Coalbrookdale.
The loaded wagons on these plateways would have been horse drawn. The arrival of the railway in the 1860s saw the pool much reduced in size.
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