Ironbridge Gorge 'saved' by Eric Pickles' £12m grant

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Ironbridge Gorge, regarded by historians as the cradle of the industrial revolution, has been saved for the nation with a multi-million pound government grant.

The gorge – which was described by writer Charles Hulbert in 1837 as “the most extraordinary district in the world” – has been under threat from landslides.

However, Communities secretary Eric Pickles will announce today [thurs] that the Government has committed £12million to “save” the gorge.

The cash will go to restoring and protecting the gorge and its bridge so that generations can enjoy the landscape that sparked a new age of modernity in Britain.

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