Thursday, 29 October 2015

MURGATROYD'S BRINE PUMPS - The last of their kind

Revealing Murgatroyd’s

We are delighted to announce the start of the Murgatroyd’s Brine Pump Emergency Repairs Project.
Thanks to just over £90,000 of funding from Historic England, with further contributions from Cheshire East Council and Middlewich Town Council, this historic scheduled monument has a more secure future.
The funding will pay for urgent repairs to the monument
to make the structure and gantry safe and secure; including removal of asbestos sheeting, replacement of the roof and removal of asbestos debris. This work is essential for the monument’s survival.

Watch this blog as the scheme progresses........

If you would like to be involved with this project, please email

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

MURGATROYD'S BRINE PUMPS - The last of their kind

 (Image modified from 'point cloud' model)

The Trust's first priority is the preservation and renovation of Murgatroyd's Brine Pumps. 
Middlewich has a history of salt production dating back at least to the iron age and coming forward via Roman salt working, the medieval period, and the industrial revolution into the 20th century. 
Archeological artefacts are displayed in the town's library but the evidence on the ground for iron age, Roman, and medieval salt production is now buried beneath 20th century development. 
The only above ground evidence of this most important of the town's industries is Murgatroyd's brine pumps, a listed ancient monument, and the only known pumps in the UK which are sited on their original brine shaft. 
More detail about the pumps can be found at
The pumps have been in the possession of the Cheshire East Council and its predecessor authority for many years through which time, for lack of funds because of the other demands on local government resources, their  condition has deteriorated. 
With the active agreement of Cheshire East Council, the Trust will take possession of the pumps when current remedial works, funded in the main by Historic England, are complete.The trust will then seek to raise funds to restore the pumps to make them accessible to the public in their own right and also as part of the wider canal and salt history in Middlewich and in the adjoining salt towns. 
To do this, the Trust will need help, both financial and non-financial, so if you would like to help, please contact us at

MIDDLEWICH HERITAGE TRUST - Registered Charity No. 1161871

The Trust ( a charitable company – No 9441581) has been formed to preserve and promote the heritage of Middlewich (including buildings, artefacts and archives) as a resource for the benefit of the residents of Cheshire East, of Cheshire West and Chester, and of the wider public.