Thursday 14 November 2019


Kerry Kirwan writes....

Me and the team at Middlewich Heritage Trust are more than half way through our community restoration of Murgatroyd’s Brine Pumps. Our first year of regular opening hours will start next April 25th and 26th 2020 after more than 11 years of hard work.
Industrial heritage sites are disappearing every year in the UK, often they are left to local communities to deal with, some are just beyond repair. Our site is a scheduled Ancient Monument, one of the highest protections a site like this can have and yet it was all near to collapsing to the ground.
Over the years we’ve worked hard to seek funding, gain permissions and carry out work on the site, we are now finally in sight of the last phase of works, thanks to our funders Historic England, Heritage Lottery Fund and Association of Industrial Archaeology.
Local history and local resources are so important to keep and understand, they teach us so much about the importance of industry to the community and about the people themselves.

On November 21st 10am to 12 noon at Victoria Hall, Civic Way, Middlewich, there will be a free talk available to everyone interested in heritage, archaeology and local history.
Who was George Murgatroyd and why are the brine pumps so important? Explore how the project has evolved, where we are now and what we hope to do over the next three years.

All photographs courtesy of KERRY KIRWAN

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