|As the book states, Iron was the catalyst of the Industrial Revolution and the story is told here of those days when coal replaced charcoal as the industry's fuel source. from the heady days at Coalbrookdale on the banks of the Severn to the decline of a once almighty industry when the first Bessemer Converter began operating in Sheffield in 1858. A chapter on iron-making archeology and preservation completes the work. 160p. 50 b/w ill. s/b.