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Salt Van, Lion Salt Works, Marston, Northwich Cheshire UK

Abandoned wooden salt waggon on its original rails. Now showing its age. I arrived seconds before a massive downpour of rain. The Lion Salt Works is the last remaining open pan saltworks in Cheshire, England. It closed as a works in 1986 and is now preserved as a museum. The works is situated in Marston, near Northwich surrounded by salt flashes.

 

The museum failed to secure funding in the restoration TV show in 2004, however In March 2008 it was announced that the Heritage Lottery Fund had made an award of £4.96m towards the £7m total cost of the restoration project. so we might be seeing it in its former glory soon.

 

This area was the start of industrial mining of salt and saline processing for the soda ash and other industries that have developed in the area. The site is recognised as an Anchor Point of the European Route of Industrial Heritage. The pub over the road, The Salt Barge is a nice place to stop for a pint.

 

(c) Hotpix / HotpixUK Tony Smith - Hotpix.freeserve.co.uk WDCC

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Taken on May 17, 2009