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Welcome to the Lion Salt Works blog

The Lion Salt Works is a historic brine salt making site that is being restored and transformed into a unique heritage attraction. Led by Cheshire West and Chester Council, this £8million project will see the site reborn as a fascinating destination for tourists, day visitors and families and a valued resource for local communities, businesses and heritage interest groups.

Located in the village of Marston, close to the town of Northwich, the site lies adjacent to the Trent and Mersey Canal and is close to the historic Anderton Boat Lift. A substantial part of the site is a Scheduled Monument.

Restoration work has now started on the site, with an expected opening in spring 2015. The Lion Salt Works is currently closed to the public.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

January 2013 - A Chilly Start

January on site began with a very chilly start. The cold weather from Siberia meant snow landed across the site and turned the restoration into a winter wonderland. Nice for pictures but not so good for putting up brickwork. The cold temperatures mean that the lime mortar will not set off.

Needless to say the restoration team worked round this and set off on other tasks on the site.

Stove House 5 excavations
Much of January was spent excavating the base of Stove House 5. A new concrete slab was required in order to support the restored building. This meant digging a large area 20m x 20m that was the footprint of the building.

Good news for archaeologists as it allowed us to excavate a large area of the earlier Alliance Salt Works http://thelionsaltworks.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/the-lion-salt-works-history-of-site.html and conduct an excavation. This was ably undertaken by Oxford Archaeology North under the supervision of Graham Mottershead.

 Repairing the Walls between the Pan and Stove Houses
One of the big tasks was to repair the walls between the pan and stove houses. The problem with the building was that the walls were built on steel girders. This allowed a series of flues (tunnels) to pass from the stoves under the pan into the drying rooms in the stove houses (See how to build a Pan House http://thelionsaltworks.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/how-tobuild-pan-house.html and Stove House http://thelionsaltworks.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/how-tobuild-stove-house.html for details).

Unfortunately the effect of the salt on the metal meant it corroded and the walls collapsed!!

In order to rebuild the walls and support the interior of the stove houses a large concrete slab was inserted. This retained the interior of the stove house and also allowed the walls to be supported.

The new wall could then be built on top.

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