Thursday 28 July 2011


 Here's a slide from 1974 which shows just how close to the town centre the Pepper Street works of Henry Seddon actually came. The building to the right is part of the loading bays where salt would be put onto a horse and cart and taken to Middlewich Station which was only a matter of half a mile or so away at the top of Kinderton Street. We are, of course, looking out onto Lower Street, which by this time had become part of St Michael's Way..

First published on Facebook on 23rd May 2011. The original feedback is below

    • Geraldine Williams My husband was one of the gang of lads who clung onto the back of the cart hitching a lift up to St Mary's School on King Street. The driver never spoke or looked over his shoulder to acknowledge that they were there but simply flicked his whip backwards so that they would let go.....!!!!
      23 May at 10:55 · 

    • Geraldine Williams Apparently the driver's name was George Capper but the horse's name is unknown....!!!! haha
      23 May at 11:28 · 

    • Dave Roberts Perhaps he was named 'Henry' after the boss? 
      23 May at 19:25 · 

    • Dave Roberts Returning to Seddon's horse and cart; this was kept at Chadwick Fields, the home of the Seddon Family. There's a description of how the salt was transported in 'Tales of Wych & Water', the CD which I compiled and edited for Middlewich Vision a couple of years ago. I'll look it out.
      23 May at 19:30 · 

    • Dave Roberts 

      Here we go: I got the basic story right, but some details wrong. Just goes to show you should always go back to the source...'There used to be a bloke called Charlie Capper that had two shire horses up at Chadwick Fields, where Mr Roland Seddon lived, and they used to come down every day and pick the cart up at Pepper Street, then they used to load this common salt,as they called it, onto the truck and then they used to run it up to the railway station and there they had railway vans which were for the lump salt and the open trucks were for this common salt. There's be two or three blokes at the railway yard who'd chuck it into the railway waggons and this is how they got rid of all this common salt' (From 'Tales of Wych & Water')

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