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Lion Salt Works, Northwich

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The Lion Salt Works is the last remaining open pan saltworks in Marston, near Northwich, Cheshire, England. It closed as a works in 1986 and is now preserved as a museum.HistoryJohn Thompson Junior and his son Henry Ingram Thompson, a member of a family that had been making salt during the 19th century, started the Lion Salt Works when he built a salt pan in the coal yard of the Red Lion Hotel, Marston, in 1894.Thompson familySix generations of the Thompson family were involved with the salt industry, at the site of the Lion Salt Works. John Thompson Senior (1799–1867) was originally a joiner, timber merchant and brickyard owner with premises on Witton Street and London Road in Northwich He entered the salt trade in 1842 when he started a shipping and lighting business along the River Weaver to the ports in Liverpool and Birkenhead. Initially this was in partnership with other salt proprietors but by 1846 he had entered a partnership with his son John Thompson Junior (1824–1899), called Thompson and Son that operated until 1889. They also occupied a timber yard and dockyard buildings in Northwich Castle on the River Weaver. The dockyards were sold to cover debts to W J Yardwood's in 1887.They began to sink salt mines and start salt works north-west of Northwich. Platt’s Hill Mine, Wincham, was sunk by John Thompson in 1843, and in 1846 was followed by the Dunkirk Works, in Witton-cum-Twambrooks. Several more salt works and mines followed over the next forty years in the districts of Witton, Marston and Wincham north-west of Northwich, and also in Winsford. After the death of John Thompson Senior in 1867, the business was split between John Thompson Junior and his brother Jabez Thompson. After initially running the Alliance Works in Marston (see below), Jabez Thompson went on to run the successful family terracotta and brickworks on London Road, Northwich. John Thompson Junior continued to run the salt business with his sons Henry Ingram (1851–1937) and Alfred Jabez (1857–1965). In 1888 the majority of the remainder of the business was sold to the Salt Union.
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  • Was staying and working in Manchester for a while so wanted things to do and see and found a leaflet for the Lion Salt Works. What a fascinating visit. Gave a real insight into the history behind the ...  more »
  • A very interesting couple of hours learning about the salt industry in Cheshire. The place is sort of semi derelict but adds to the experience, very easy to follow and understand and all the staff we ...  more »
  • Myself & my mother spent an interesting hour & a half here learning about the salt industry in Cheshire. The whole visit was exceptional. The car park is excellent & it’s free to park. All staff encou...  more »
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  • I wonderfully preserved and restored open pan brine salt works. Brine was pumped from salt beds deep below the site by a steam "nodding donkey" and boiled in steel pans using coal fires. The salt was packed into wooden moulds and dried over the fire flues before being packed for distribution world wide, principally to Africa. Some salt was crushed for industrial and domestic use. Well worth a visit.
  • Great museum with creative interactive displays. Brilliantly restored and good value for money. However you need to wrap up warm as most of the museum and reconstructions are in unheated warehouses, and very cold in winter. Hot drinks look excellent in the cafe, but the selection of food or cakes is quite limited. Good afternoon out for the family.
  • Amusing tour guide and very interesting. Amazing playground said my granddaughter Polly, aged 8. My husband and I and our 2 granddaughters enjoyed our visit while on our holiday on the canal.Mary Turner😁🙂☺😋
  • Disappointed. Lots of repetition. Poor lighting so had to use my torch to read the info boards. Canal walk probably good in better weather.
  • Museum tour well worth the visit , snacks refreshments available , friendly staff , explore locally via lovely walks😁.
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