Abraham Darby
(1678-1717)

Died aged c. 39

Abraham Darby, in his later life called Abraham Darby the Elder, now sometimes known for convenience as Abraham Darby I (14 April 1678 – 8 March 1717) was the first and best known of several men of that name. Born into an English Quaker family that played an important role in the Industrial Revolution, Darby developed a method of producing pig iron in a blast furnace fuelled by coke rather than charcoal. This was a major step forward in the production of iron as a raw material for the Industrial Revolution.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Elliott Brown on Flickr
Jez Nicholson on Flickr

Society of Friends Burial Ground 1706 - 1794 Among the Quaker's buried here is Abraham Darby : 1678 - 1717 Ironmaster The site was later used by the Congregational Church

Broseley Pipeworks, Broseley, United Kingdom where they was buried (1717)

The Industrial Revolution. Abraham Darby 1678-1717. First Metallurgical Laboratory 1702, Casting iron in sand moulds 1707, Smelting iron with coke 1710.

Engineers Walk, Anchor Road, Bristol, United Kingdom where they was