White Salt Industry, booking extended to 19 October

Posted: August 6th, 2018

The symposium on the technologies associated with White Salt, organised by the NewcomenNorth, will take place at The Lion Salt Works Museum outside Northwich on 20 October. Cheshire salt was known to the Celts and the Romans, but the emergence of Cheshire into Britain’s primary salt source was dependent on the development of the local transport infrastructure, including the Weaver Navigation and the Trent and Mersey Canal. Salt extraction in Cheshire continues on a major scale today, both through rock salt mining and through solution mining to provide brine for white salt production and as feedstock for the local chemical industries. The Symposium will look  at the geology of the Saltscape, the history of subsidence due to ‘wild’ brine pumping and touch on the challenge posed to HS2 as it passes through the salt country. We then have speakers on the historical development of both the production and the transport technologies for White Salt in Cheshire;  the ‘wild brine’ pumping technology used at Lion Salt Works and at Murgatroyd’s in Middlewich; and the modern ‘controlled’ solution mining technology developed in the early 20th century at Preesall near Fleetwood and deployed in Cheshire today. The day promises a fascinating insight into some less widely understood technologies. Further information and to book here SaltFlyer1808A4

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