Roman Middlewich: How salt was produced at Middlewich

Roman Middlewich: How salt was produced at Middlewich

A Roman brine holding tank, also found at Jersey Fields

A reconstructed Salt Pan made by Andrew Fielding showing the salt simmering in the pans.

The six stages in the Roman salt making process:

1. Brine from spring is collected in a holding tank or well.

2. Brine is removed from holding tank in a wooden bucket.

3. Brine simmering in salt-pan.

4. Salt residue is removed from pan after brine has been boiled off.

5. Collecting salt prior to removal from site.

6. Transportation of salt in baskets and sacks.


Follow the links below to see the open pan process of the 17th-20th centuries. What are the differences and similarities?

Also see the Canal and Salt schools resources pack and have a go at the virtual dig created by South Cheshire College. What can you find?

Six states of the Roman salt making process

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