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CLHG Meeting 8th September The Lion Salt Works

Thursday 8 September 2016,
Speaker: Peter Solan,
Topic: Lion Salt Works

Contact Link:

There is a "YouTube" short video on the restoration which was greatly aided by The National Lottery.


This meeting marked the first of our winter programme and we were able to welcome returning members,
alongside some new ones, to our new venue, the Culcheth Centre on Jackson Avenue.

Peter Solan is a Trustee of the Lion Salt Works and a researcher into its history.

At the start of his presentation he proudly announced that the Lion Salt Works had received a National Lottery award
as it had been voted UK's Best Heritage Project of 2016. (See YouTube link above)
Then using maps and plans Peter explained the geology of the Northwich area and the reasons for the accumulation
of salt bearing strata. He described how the salt brine was lifted and processed, how it differed from rock salt and
explained, in some detail, the development of the works under various members of the Thompson family, until its sale
to the Salt Union in 1888.
Peter had some interesting slides and stories about some of the characters involved in the salt extraction, including
 the greed, theft of 'brine' conflicts, deaths by misadventure (!) and the general conflict of early competing firms.
We thank him for his excellent presentation. and would recommend a visit to the site (pay for entry) a part of
West Cheshire Museums. (See contact link above.)

Our Tenth Aniversary.

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the History Group so to round off the meeting and as a special treat to celebrate
this milestone,
We had cake, lots of cake!
 [©Zoe Chaddock]


Exterior view.

Lion Salt Works exterior geograph 4605835 by Chris Allen 1
 An exterior view of the Lion Salt Works prior to entrance. 

Somme Memorial Display of Those Recorded on Culcheth War Memorial. 

During the summer of 2016 a display board was placed in the Culcheth Library (Livewire) showing
photographs of the recorded war graves of three soldiers entered on the war memorial.

This was a timely reminder of the battles that took place at the Somme one hundred years ago.

The display was then shown at the first groups meeting during September 2016.

The display was a reminder to reflect and pause during the usual casual visit to the library

Below are photographs of the display.









Culcheth War Memorial in Church Yard
Culcheth War Memorial in Church Yard 





Somme Display in Culcheth Library
Somme Display in Culcheth Library





Grave Stone J Booke
Grave Stone J Booke Northampton Towcester Road Cemetary







The visitors admire the Greenall Window.







 Our visitors are given details of the crypt.



 General views under CC by SA licence by others.

Town view of St Elphins. By David Dixon. 

Entrance to St Elphin's Church, Warrington.
Looking past the Ring o'Bells, towards the entrance to St Elphin's Church.


Mr David Dixon's notes to the photograph:

Entrance to St Elphin's Church, Warrington
Looking past the Ring o'Bells, towards the entrance to St Elphin's Church.

St Elphin's Church, Warrington is the town’s parish church. It has been designated as a
Grade II* listed building (National Heritage List for England).

The gateway to the church dates from the 18th century and is itself Grade II listed (National Heritage
List for England) as are the cobbles and pavement leading to the gateway (National Heritage List for
England). The gateway consists of two stone rusticated gate piers which are surmounted by a cornice
and urns. Between these are two iron gates with a curved iron arch. To the sides are low stone side
walls and small iron side gates for pedestrians.

Most of the fabric of the present church is Victorian, the result of an extensive restoration between 1859
and 1867 although the earliest part of the church is in the chancel and the crypt which survive from an
earlier church built in 1354. That church was badly damaged during the Civil War and following this,
the tower was rebuilt in 1696 and the nave in 1770. The south aisle was added in the early 19th century.
The spire was added during the nineteenth century restoration.



 A view from the river. By Colin Park




Report on the visit by members to the 14th Centrury St Elphins Church Warrington. 

On the afternoon of 17 August 2016 twenty one members of CLHG met at St Elphins Parish Church, Warrington for a guided tour of this ancient church.

We were greeted by Kathryn Hayes, one of the Church Wardens, who, after seating us in pews, proceeded to give us a brief history of St Elphin's from
earliest times to the Victorian re-modelling of the church and later developments.

Miss Hayes explained that there has been a place of worship on the site since the mid 7th century and Domesday records a priest at Warrington. However l
ittle is known of the person to whom the church is dedicated although traditionally Elphin is said to have been a companion of St Oswald and the first priest
to minister on the site. The Parish Church is unique, being the only church in Britain to be thus dedicated.

Our group then separated into two parties, one led by Miss Hayes and other by her colleague Margaret, to tour the church and have its features explained.

We were shown the Lady Chapel, originally endowed by Sir John Boteler, which is now dedicated to the Queen's Lancashire Regiment; St Ann's Chapel
containing monuments to the Massey and Patten families and the Chancel which dates from 1354. We descended into the 14 century crypt and then up
onto the south gallery to view the church laid out beneath us.

Everyone admired the many stained glass windows which looked beautiful in the afternoon sunshine, particularly the Greenall window which faces west
and appeared to glow with colour.

All the group members found the visit both enjoyable and informative and our thanks to the guides.



Photo of Printed Workhouse Rules.



101 1 workhouse rules