Industrial, Buildings & Landscape
Murgatroyd’s Brine Pump

The demolition of Brenntag situated in Elworth, just outside of Middlewich brings to an end an historic and innovative site. Opened in 1949 as the new Murgatroyd’s Salt and Chemical Co. Ltd, the 18 acre site produced Vacuum Salt, Chlorine, Caustic Soda, Hydrogen, Hydrochloric Acid and Sodium Hypochlorite.
 
The site of the original Murgatroyd’s, an open pan works at Middlewich, has long gone. All that remains is the original brine shaft and pump house, the last monument not only of open pan salt‐working but of the chemical industry in Middlewich.


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Murgatroyd’s Brine Pump  – Scheduled Ancient Monument Number 34588

 
Existing Designations in Middlewich
Activities of our ancestors have shaped the environment in which we live and work today. Local distinctiveness of an area is characterised by the worked landscape and historic built environment. That is what makes it special. Archaeological remains allow us, however small, to glimpse into the past and discover how ordinary men and women lived, worked and died.
 
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  • Scheduled Ancient Monuments
  • Listed Buildings in Middlewich
  • Conservation Areas
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