Brine pumps at Brooks Lane, Middlewich - Cheshire East (UA)

Brine pumps at Murgatroyd's Brine Works, established 1890. Salt extraction took place until 1977, with pumps powered by steam then electricity. Historic England grants have funded a Conservation Management Plan, sonar survey of the brine shaft and a first phase of emergency repair. In 2018, a grant has been awarded for a second phase of repair to the gantry, shaft and well head. This should remove the site from the Register and allow volunteers to begin working on the brine pump machinery.

Brine pumps at Brooks Lane, Middlewich - Cheshire East (UA)
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Murgatroyd's Brine Works
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1020122
  • Local Planning Authority: Cheshire East (UA)
  • Site Type: Industrial > Mineral extraction site


  • Building Name: Brine pumps at Brooks Lane
  • Unitary Authority: Cheshire East (UA)
  • Parish: Middlewich
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Congleton
  • Region: North West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Not applicable
  • Priority: D - Slow decay; solution agreed but not yet implemented
  • Ownership: Charity (heritage)

Contact Details

Tamsin Cooke 0161 242 1422

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England