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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.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

End - September 2013: Summer Turns to Autumn

The summer months are behind us now and the nights have begun to draw in. The first flurries of rain and autumn showers are passing overhead.

Progress at the Lion Salt Works has been steady since July. The first few buildings are nearing completion.

Pan House 3 and 4

Pan House 4 saw its roof replaced.  

Pan House 4 Roof
 The internal scaffold has been removed to reveal the open pan once more for the first time in over a year.

Pan 4 visible for the first time in a year

Pan and Stove House 4 Roofs
The finishing touches have been put to Pan House 3

The roof is put back on Pan House 3

Stove House 3

The roof has been stripped and work has begun replacing the boards that lay underneath where they had rotted.

Stove House 3 roof has been stripped

The roof boards are replaced

Stove House 4

Stove House 4 has seen the completion of the supporting structural steelwork. The original steel roof frame has been repaired where it had begun to rust.

The feet of the columns are cut away and replaced
Painting the repaired steel columns
Stove House 5

Stove House 5 is almost watertight.

Stove House 5
The roof is now complete.

The ridge of Stove House 5 looking east
Glazing of the eastern wall with its views along the Trent and Mersey Canal has begun.

The glazed eastern wall
The ground floor where the entrance foyer will be situated

The Pump House and Manager's Office

Work has begun to repair the fabric of the Pump House and the Manager's House.

The Pump House repairs begin

The boards are taken off the windows and repairs begin on the Manager's House

John and Andy take in the repaired Pan House 4

1 comment:

  1. That is so good to see. Thanks for the report. I look forward to visiting the finished project.