Other alkali works were soon to be established near the Lancashire textile towns and at Mostyn in Flint. Elsewhere Tennant’s St Rollox Works at Glasgow already the centre of bleach making was soon to become the largest chemical works of its day. The already established alkali works on Tyneside were greatly extended.
The salt required for this growth of the alkali trade came from the Cheshire salt towns via the Weaver Navigation. In addition there was a growing export trade stimulated by the growth of Empire. The major growth of salt making was at Winsford where the salt works stretched for two miles along both sides of the river. Other large works were also established along the Trent and Mersey canal between Wincham and Anderton.
Brine springs were discovered at Stoke Prior near Droitwich during the construction of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal in 1813 and here a major expansion of the Worcester Salt industry took place following the repeal of the salt tax. A. Leblanc alkali works was established here in 1830 but this only operated for about 20 years.
18th, 19th & 20th Century Salt Making
- Eighteenth Century Salt Making – Inland White Salt
- Eighteenth Century Salt Making – Open Pan Salt Technology
- Nineteenth Century Salt Making – Developments in Salt Making Technology
- Nineteenth Century Salt Making – The Entrepreneurs
- Nineteenth Century Salt Making – Tricks of the Trade
- Salt Making in the 20th Century