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ALLIANCE SALT WORKS

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The buried remains of the Alliance Salt Works which lie beneath the later Lion Salt Works (see SJ 67 NE 20). Located immediately south of the point where Ollershaw Lane crosses the Trent and Maersey Canal, a salt works was established here by John Thompson and his son, also John Thompson, in 1856. By 1874 it was known as the Alliance Salt Works and in 1888 it was sold to the Salt Union. Following disagreements between John Thompson and the Salt Union, John and his son Henry Ingram Thompson dug a new brine shaft, later to form part of the Lion Works, adjacent to the Alliance Works. The Alliance Works continued to operate until its shaft collapsed in 1898, after which it was abandoned. During the 1990s limited excavation located the well-preserved remains of a pan house, stove house and flue associated with the Alliance Works. Scheduled.

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