Sunday 12 February 2012


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Today, from the Carole Hughes collection, we feature a remarkable photograph of women workers (and one gentleman) at Seddon's Salt Works in Pepper Street, probably in the 1930s or 1940s. We have no information on this photograph, so we're assuming that they were salt packers. If you know differently, and/or can put names to some of these ladies, we'd be interested to hear from you.
We're placing this photo as no later than the 1940s, because of the Middlewich Gas Works, which can be seen in the background.
Most of the works, as seen here, including the tall chimney, had disappeared by the end of the 1950s but, as we know, that bridge carrying the gas over the Trent & Mersey canal and into the town survived until the early 1970s.
In fact we have seen this little corner of Seddon's works before in 'A Middlewich Diary', and below are the two photographs together for comparison.
The works, in common with all traditional open pan works, looked almost as dilapidated when it was in full production as it did just before demolition.
Carole Hughes Collection/Salt Town Productions
Facebook feedback:

Robert Sheckleston I think a couple of those ladies moved on and worked ont he salt floor at Cerebos/RHM on Booth Lane

Liza Cornall Are two of those ladies twins?

Robert Sheckleston No, I don't think so.

1 comment:

  1. do any of you remberer nellie maddock she worked some were there she had a son john who went to aust when he was 15 i worked at the other plant going towards sandbach i love all theses pics


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