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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, 5 March 2014

March 2014 - A Winter of Transformation

A winter of hard work and the buildings and site are beginning to be transformed...
 Stove House 5

The scaffold has been removed from the exterior of Stove House 5
Stove House 5 is visible from Stove House 2

The new emergency walkway and details of the steel girder supports replicating those around the original building

Dawn through the windows of Stove House 5
The ground floor foyer of Stove House 5 takes shape
A lick of paint
The original beams recovered from Stove House 5 have been reused in the upstairs conference facility
The Historic Core - South

The entrance to Pan House 3 is revealed for the first time
The roofs are on the buildings in the historic core
The curving side of Stove House 4 carefully rebuilt is revealed when the scaffold is removed
The new stairways and walkways have been built to allow pedestrian access to the historic core

The new stairway onto the hurdles in Pan House 3

New metal railings have been put around Pan 3
The railings continue across the flues at the end of Pan 3

The scaffold has been removed from Stove House 4 Warehouse and the protected crusher revealed, the floor has been relayed
Historic Core - North

The buildings in the Historic Core North are beginning to come together

The Loading Bay area is cleared
New steel feet are added to the existing posts
The architect, structural engineer and site managers discuss repairs to the lanterns on Stove House 2 roof

Stove House 2 roof is complete
The eastern face of Stove House 2 above Pan 2 has been repaired
The scaffold has been removed from the interior of Stove House 2
The Red Lion Inn

The exterior repairs around the Red Lion Inn are complete
Work begins on the interior alteration to the Red Lion Inn to convert it to the museum
 External Works

During the excavation for the utilities remains of the fishery pans have been revealed and carefully excavated by Oxford Archaeology North

The train tracks of the mineral railway have been revealed connecting the pan houses to the main Cheshire Lines. These will be preserved beneath the roadway

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