Members of the museum’s Research Group recently visited the Wych Brook Valley, between Higher and Lower Wych, as part of their studies of the English Civil War.
On 28 August 1643 Parliamentary forces from Nantwich and Cholmondeley attacked and destroyed the salt workings in the valley, bringing the salt pans back to Nantwich. This denied the King’s forces in the area access to salt.
Evidence was found of two brine pits. One would have been pumped by a water wheel. The second pit was about 15′ in diameter and was overflowing into the brook (on right of picture). It may have been pumped with a horse gin.
The Research Group meets at the museum on most Friday mornings. New members are always welcome – please call in or contact the museum for further information.