The Trail Guide
Take a journey through time....

The Tales of Wych and Water is derived from the Canal and Salt Town Middlewich project aimed at celebrating the Canal and Salt heritage of the town, concentrating on the historic changes and relationship between the canal, the salt industries and the community.

Middlewich has been famous for the production of salt since Roman times, an industry which probably started here during the Iron Age. The brine pits and saltworks were part of the settlement along King Street, but during the medieval period most works were located at Newton.

Pre-industrial saltworks were family businesses where brine was boiled in lead vats within timber and wickerwalled sheds. Two brine-pits, “Louseath” & “Newseath”, supplied more than 100 “wych-houses” and production was highly regulated. The industrial revolution introduced technological change, such as coal as a fuel and iron for the boiling pans, as well as steam pumps for drawing brine from the below-ground “wet” rockhead.

Guide Leaflet

salttraila4leafletsml.jpgInformation on how to obtain the full A3 sized Trail Leaflet is shown below the menu on the right. If you would like a printable 3 page A4 version that contains most of the information in the full A3 leaflet then click on this link:

A4 Trail Guide (Adobe Reader required, file size 497Kb)


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