The Lion Salt Works Trust

trust_logo2The Lion Salt Works ceased trading in 1986. It was then purchased by Vale Royal Borough Council, whose intention was to restore the site as a working museum. In 1993, the Lion Salt Works Trust was formed as a registered charity.

In partnership with Vale Royal Borough Council, the Trust succeeded in obtaining a number of substantial grants, enabling surveys to be undertaken and conservation plans to be prepared. This work culminated in the award, in 2006, of a grant of nearly £5 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Following the reorganisation of local government in Cheshire, the Trust is now delighted to be working in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester Council (formed 1 April 2009), along with the Salt Works Volunteers, to ensure that the 25 year campaign to save and restore the site is brought to a successful conclusion.

The work of the Trust can be followed through their newsletter ‘The Mundling Stick

Restoration projects for funding

salt_wagonFunding is required for the repair of the historic, pitched roof salt wagon, one of only five remaining in the UK. The wagon is in a poor state and requires urgent repair.

The salt wagon is a highly significant and important artefact, connected to both the history of the salt industry and the railway industry, at the Lion Salt Works and within Cheshire.

The wagon consists of a ferrous metal undercarriage with wooden sides and a felt-covered pitched roof, which protected the salt from rain. It dates from approximately 1900 to 1910.

The wagon is important in telling part of the story of the transportation of salt from the Salt Works. It has inspired oral history reminiscence from ex workers, which are part of the interpretation for the new heritage attraction.

Funding is being sought to:
• Repair and restore the salt wagon.
• Preserve a rare and important historic industrial artefact, part of the story of the salt industry within Cheshire.

Once the restoration work is complete the Salt Wagon will contribute to the Lion Salt Works heritage attraction by:
• Being an outside static exhibit accessible to all visitors.
• Telling the story of the transport of salt by railway.
• Being a link to the salt wagon interactive display within the Stove House 3 historic building.
• Being part of the informal learning programme, through transport-based craft activities and live costumed story telling.
• Being part of KS1 and 2 Victorian living history workshops on the lives of the salt workers.

The Lion Salt Works Trust is a registered charity (No. 1020258) and a company limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 2794519).

For further information about the Trust or becoming a Saltie, please contact the Chairman, Nick Hunt, on 01606 42667 or ngkhunt@yahoo.co.uk