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‘A selection of artefacts from the 2002 Kingsley Fields excavation conducted by Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit and funded by Bellway Homes Limited have gone on display at Nantwich Museum. The excavation is regarded as one of the most important to have been carried out in Nantwich and revealed a Roman industrial site engaged in salt making along with a variety of artefacts. The Roman settlement in the town was established in the 2nd century AD and existed for about 150 years.

Salt making tools, pottery for serving food and decoration, other tools  such as an adze hammer used for working wood, a variety of household goods and even a 2000 year old loo seat can be seen. Craftsmen and farmers were active in the area and a reaping hook is displayed which would have been used to harvest locally grown cereals and vegetables.

The project was managed by the Cheshire West and Chester Museums Service. The new display is an important step in exploring Nantwich in Roman times and includes an interpretive panel and interactive where visitors are invited to match modern objects with items from the Roman and other collections’.



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As part of ‘Nantwich Eats’ Graham Dodd will present a talk on ‘A Celebration of Salt’. Saturday 24th August at 2.30pm

For further information contact: Nantwich Museum on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or telephone 01270 627104, Website:

Salt Fairs - Updated Information
Talk And Tour by Colin Edmundson - Updated Information
Photographic Competition 2013 Winner

Your Heritage Photographic Competition Overall Winner 'Three Shires Head Mono'‘Your Heritage’ Photographic Competition, Overall Winner

Matt Parry

With his landscape Three Shires Head Mono.

He was also runner up with ‘Shooting Stars’

The reserve and highly commended went to Jonathan Coulson’s ‘Tawny Owl’


‘Your Heritage’ Photographic Competition, Camera Phone Images Category Winner

Matt Parry - Duckling

Runner up: Paula Cooper -     Sunset at Stretton

Reserve: Matt Parry - Horses

‘Your Heritage’ Photographic Competition, Landscape Category Winner

Matt Parry – Three Shires Head Mono

Runner up: Sandra Blackburn – The Bridestones

Reserve: Joe Cooper – The Gathering Storm

‘Your Heritage’ Photographic Competition, The Urban Environment Category Winner

Bill Browne – British Salt Buildings

Runner up: Matt Parry – Winter Sunrise

Reserve: June Cooper – The Watering Hole

‘Your Heritage’ Photographic Competition, Environmental Conservation Category Winner

Jonathan Coulson – Tawny Owl

Runner up: Nick Cooper – Kestrel with Prey

Reserve: Jonathan Coulson - Robin

‘Your Heritage’ Photographic Competition, General Topics Category Winner

Matt Parry – Shooting Stars

Runner up: Sandra Blackburn – Domesday Morris Dancers

Reserve: Sandra Blackburn – Battle of Nantwich

‘Your Heritage’ Photographic Competition, Special Award for photographers in the 11-17 years age group

Young Photographer Winner:  Vicky Sims – Looking under (Landscape)

Runner up: Vicky Sims – Heron (Environmental Conservation)

Reserve: Hannah McEnaney – Proud Parents & First Swim (Environmental Conservation)

To see a large image of the overall winning photograph click on the the thumbnail:


All the judges winners were exhibited together so all visitors could see the judges choices and the runners up and reserves photographs were all placed first on each category board heading. All other entries were placed in their chosen categories and it made a fantastic exhibition. Over the Middlewich Folk and Boat Weekend it was now up to the visiting public to choose their favourite photograph out of a record entry of 124. The entries were all brilliant and the public had trouble picking their favourite photograph.

Comments were all positive ‘Great talent’ ‘Fantastic to see so many good entries, difficult to choose’. For some it was the first competition they had entered and to see their picture up in an exhibition was a real boost. Also fantastic was the record entry of young photographers in our 11-17 year category, a big well done, especially for Hannah McEnaney whose photograph ‘Proud Parents & first Swim’ was not only chosen by the judges as reserve in her category but also got selected as the winner of the ‘People’s Choice Award’. Well done to Hannah! Hannah’s picture won with 24 votes, 2nd was ‘Wheelock Street Now and Then’ by Glen Leigh with 19 votes and third with 18 votes was ‘Childs Play’ by Sue Bailey.

‘We are very impressed with the standard of entries this year. The level of work and creativity is a big improvement on previous years. Well done to all involved’ -  Judge Mark Williamson

The ‘Your Heritage’ Photographic Competition, is now in its fifth year and its bigger and better then before!

Well-deserved congratulations to everyone who entered, for your time, composure of photographs and artistic imagery, making this competition the hardest fought yet.


The Saltscape Project

The Saltscape project is set to ‘highlight the unique character of the Weaver Valley’s salt-making landscape’.

The area covered by the project stretches from Middlewich to Frodsham and looks at the development of the surrounding landscape that has been modified through Industry.

The River Weaver and Trent & Mersey Canal, the highways of the past, were littered with Salt Works and associated trades. Trading routes were key to the success of inland salt-working sites in Cheshire, therefore not only did the landscape change through the industries but natural watercourses were also changed and engineered with spectacular results.




Today we have remarkable and unique heritage sites within the valley, as well as remnants of a once illustrious past and flora and fauna more reminiscing of a coastal habitat.

Outcomes for the Saltscape Project are therefore very diverse. With regards to Middlewich our intention is to restore the Three Locks area, improve access to our heritage assets and improve visitor interpretation of our stretch of the Trent and Mersey. We will link into the other heritage sites through the Valley to tell the wider story of the Cheshire Canal, River and Salt industries.


Middlewich will also take part in community & school workshops, as well as events held throughout the three year Saltscape Project.

For more information on the Project including aims and objectives, timeframes and updates please go to the webpage currently on

Maureen Shaw Panel


26th January 2013


The Inland Waterways Association (Chester and District Branch) is pleased to advise that the official unveiling of the ‘Maureen Shaw Panel’ will take place on Saturday 23rd March at 2.00 pm at the Wardle Lock, Middlewich and we would like to invite friends of Maureen to attend.  Many boaters who have passed through Wardle Lock will have fond memories of Maureen acting as unofficial lock keeper. She was always willing to help you through but woe betide anyone who ‘abused her lock’!


Fiona Bruce, MP for Congleton, who is the current holder of IWA’s ‘Parliamentarian of the Year’ award for her work in supporting the waterways will be in attendance and Sharron Underwood, Maureen’s daughter, is flying in from Thailand to do the actual unveiling.


We hope to have tea and light refreshments available.


This will not be a day for grieving but to celebrate the working boat people and their lives and particularly Maureen’s. Therefore, anyone coming in ’working boat’ dress would add to the occasion. 


Please make a note of the date and we look forward to seeing you if you can make it. 


Peter Bolt


Peter Bolt

IWA Chester and District Branch

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Post medieval gold mourning ring found in Middlewich
Funding needed by end of April 2013
Yet another fantastic piece of history comes to light! A 17th Century ring has been found; decorated with the most fabulous floral scroll work with black enamelling. On the interior is inscribed with ‘Death is the waye to life’.

This beautiful ring may have been made between 1658 – 1669 and would have been worked on by a very fine craftsman. It’s not your average gold ring!

Further research will be done to try and find out as much as possible about the ring and circumstances surrounding it. In the meantime, the ring has been classed as Treasure and therefore comes under the Treasure Act 1996. It has been valued at £1,900 and is currently in the care of the British Museum. Middlewich Town Council has been given a chance to secure the ring for display in our community if we can raise the money by the end of April 2013.

The Heritage Development Officer is urgently looking to raise funds but seeks the public's help in raising donation money. It's a fantastic opportunity to have this item to show to the community, it represents a difficult period in the lives of Middlewich people but also the status of the landowners.

If Middlewich Town Council cannot raise £1,900 then the ring will go on general sale and we will lose it. To pledge money simply email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , stating your full name, address and contact phone number with how much you want to pledge. We will not take any payment until the pledges reach the target, if we are successful we will contact you and organise payment, if we do not reach the target then no monies will be taken.

To read more about this ring and why it is so important click here.

This video produced with the help of Middlewich High School highlights the appeal for funding:

Photographic Competition 2013

Click here for entry form


‘Your Heritage’  Photographic Competition

Supported by Jugglers and Middlewich Town Council


The environment in which we live and work in has been shaped by our ancestors for thousands of years. Cheshire is a landscape steeped in history; it has been an industrial and agricultural land with established route-ways dating back to the Iron Age and engineered waterways from the Industrial Revolution. Each part of Cheshire is distinctive and unique.

Brief: To capture an image of Cheshire, exploring the landscape both natural & worked and historic built environment. We also have a ‘general’ category that will allow more scope in terms of having a prize winning photograph that does not fit into an existing category.

This exciting opportunity exists for young budding photographers, enthusiastic amateurs and semi– professional photographers to take part in the Annual ‘Your Heritage’ exhibition. All Photographic entries received will be displayed at the Folk and Boat Festival on 15th and 16th June 2013.

Exploring the past can often be the key to the future.


The Urban environment Historical buildings and structures, streets and skylines…
LandscapeThe natural and man-made landscapes, land marks and earthworks…
Environmental conservationThe Nature and wildlife that live in our communities.
General topicsPictures can be anything that doesn’t find into the above categories; for example portraits, cars, fairgrounds etc…
*New* Camera Phone imagesFor people who like to be out and about with their camera phone taking those candid and spontaneous shots

The deadline for entries through the post and receiving day for those who want to hand deliver their pictures is Friday 7th June 2013, 9am – 6pm, Room 5, Victoria Building, Lewin St, Middlewich, CW10 9AS. Telephone: 01606 841379 or email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Full details and an entry form can be found here



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