The use of iron for making artifacts, weapons, and cooking utensils dates back to 1400 BCE when smelting was discovered. The stone age was brought to a glorious end with the advent of metalworking. Use of bronze diminished whence relegated by iron.
Advances in extraction and fabrication introduced iron for making architectural features of residential buildings in Europe. Iron gained popularity and remained in vogue for an extended period in Europe before steel came into the picture. Used mainly for utilitarian purposes the metal fulfilled the needs of the armies and the households with little decorative impressions. It had become commercialized as smelting advanced subsequently it evolved into diverse alloys chiefly wrought and cast iron. Ironworks in the present times refers to an alloy of mild steel very much popular for the fabrication of building components and period structures.