Just back from a very pleasant couple of days at Ironbridge in Shropshire, a crucible of the industrial revolution and the site of the world's first - yes - iron bridge. It's still there, spanning the gorge across the Severn.
Still more remarkable, to my mind, are the winding steps up from the centre of town that lead in to the grounds of the solid 1830s St Luke's church. Ironbridge is on a steep slope - are there are lots of steps and paths, pedestrian shortcuts to avoid the weaving roads.
But this path takes you under - under! - the churchyard. You can see in the photo the steps leading up, and the light coming through from the far end of the foot tunnel.
And the iron bridge? Well, it dates from 1779 and is distinctly impressive. Take a look - (this is not my photo, I have to confess, but from the Geograph site, taken by Christine Mattthews and posted here as Creative Commons)
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