Salt making at the Salt Works - Marston

Funded on Spacehive 23 May 2022

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Salt making at the Salt Works - Marston

Lion Salt Works Trust By Lion Salt Works Trust

Restoration of buildings at Lion Salt Works to allow permanent on site demonstration of the open salt making method and preserve the traditional techniques of salt making.

Marston Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 23 May 2022!

The project will restore part of the existing schedule monument so that salt making will be a permanent feature of the existing Lion Salt Works Museum. The facility will be primarily to demonstrate to visitors the techniques of open pan salt making method. This method was used throughout the salt fields of Cheshire for over 100 years and produce the wealth which underpinned the local economy. Salt and salt making came to define this part of Cheshire and led to the establishment of the UK Chemical Industry. It is our ambition to invite the locals with the knowledge to preserve it through volunteering at the site. At present, there is no working salt pan. We want to engage with the local schools and be able to offer the working pan as a resource for science, technology and arts.

What we'll deliver:

  • A renovated building with working salt pan

Why it's a great idea:

The project will complete the offer at the salt museum and preserve the skills that were essential in making the wealth of this region It will help with the story of Cheshire salt, which is its hidden history.

Steps to get it done:

  • Installation of a salt pan
  • First demonstration to the public
  • Recruitment of first new volunteer
  • First collaboration with local school

Location Marston

About the space

CW9 6ES The Lion Salt Works was the last working open pan works.It is located on the Cheshire brine field and closed in the 1980s


Cheshire West and Chester

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How will the money be spent?Total £10,259

Concrete slab for pan house - £2,879 (28%)
New fencing - £1,968 (19%)
Grass reinforcement - £1,607 (16%)
Electrics - £1,000 (10%)
Concrete slab for storage compound - £996 (10%)
New doorway - £438 (4%)
Extractor fan - £353 (3%)
Windows restored - £323 (3%)
Fencing removal - £291 (3%)
Relocating water butts - £97 (1%)
Other - £308 (3%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Concrete slab for pan house
New fencing
Grass reinforcement
Concrete slab for storage compound
New doorway
Extractor fan
Windows restored
Fencing removal
Relocating water butts
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  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees

Total £10,259

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