Abraham Darby

Abraham Darby

Located on the first floor, the Abraham Darby room is a medium-size room. 18 delegates can sit in its hollow boardroom configuration. This is a popular room for trainings, workshops and courses.

  • First floor
  • Step-free access via the accessible lift
  • Air-conditioned
  • Natural daylight

All of our meeting rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi access, conference notepads and pens for each delegate*, stationery box, and flipchart pad.

*As part of our commitment to being a sustainable venue, these will be provided on request.

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Capacity 18
Hollow Boardroom

Abraham Darby was born in the Midlands into a Quaker family. His advances in manufacturing iron were a key factor in the industrial revolution, influencing how we live today.

He began a tradition of ironmaking that lasted four generations. The family’s scientific and industrial advances helped shape Britain’s role in the world in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Abraham Darby was apprenticed to Jonathan Freeth, who made malt mills for brewing beer. In Bristol, he shifted to brass casting and joined other Quakers to found the Bristol Brass Company. Their technological and industrial understanding transformed Britain into a brass exporter.

Fellow Quaker John Thomas experimented with making cast iron hollowware. In 1707, they patented their innovative sand casting method, later used in the production of steam engines.

Having moved to Coalbrookdale in Shropshire, Darby developed a method of producing pig iron in a blast furnace fuelled by coke rather than charcoal. The change of fuel was a major breakthrough and the consequent mass production of iron accelerated the industrial revolution.

Abraham Darby’s success was in part down to the strong Quaker business network from which he received great financial backing.

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