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Droitwich - A Glimpse 1/5

During early September we spent a nice Sunday with Bill and Ange at their home in Droitwich and Bill took us on a short tour through the centre of town. The weather wasn’t at its best for photography, but then it never is there according to a certain gentleman who lives on the outskirts of Bath!, but I made the best of it anyway.

 

In Gurneys Lane is the site of the last brine pumping station that operated between 1850 and 1921. The brine was heated in large pans and when the liquid evaporated the remaining salt crystals were packed into boxes for transport. An enormous amount of fuel was needed in the evaporation process producing a large amount of pollution from all the salt works. At first wood was used for burning,depleting the surrounding woodland. Coal became the main fuel in 16th century.

Droitwich - A Glimpse 1/5

During early September we spent a nice Sunday with Bill and Ange at their home in Droitwich and Bill took us on a short tour through the centre of town. The weather wasn’t at its best for photography, but then it never is there according to a certain gentleman who lives on the outskirts of Bath!, but I made the best of it anyway.

 

In Gurneys Lane is the site of the last brine pumping station that operated between 1850 and 1921. The brine was heated in large pans and when the liquid evaporated the remaining salt crystals were packed into boxes for transport. An enormous amount of fuel was needed in the evaporation process producing a large amount of pollution from all the salt works. At first wood was used for burning,depleting the surrounding woodland. Coal became the main fuel in 16th century.

comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Nov 2017, 00:09
I have had the experience of a pleasant visit with Bill and Ange, followed by a whistle-stop tour of Droitwich...your series will help to revive that memory, Brian.
Brian Walbey: I thought you had been to Droitwich Ray, not a bad place really is it, and like us you had good company.
What a wonderful day you must have had! This is a wonderful artifact!
Brian Walbey: Bill and Ange are great company and they made us feel very welcome. It is good that this building hasn't been knocked down, it is part of the towns history.
i think you have dealt with the weather nicely in this fine shot, Brian. i like that face in the bricks.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ayush.
Aha! The tour of downtown Droitwich! Now you're in the know, Brian. smile
Brian Walbey: Indeed we are in the know Ginnie and Bill and Ange made us feel very welcome.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 20 Nov 2017, 06:50
I recognise this fine feature of Droitwich from my experiences there Brian. No doubt Bill took you to Bullock's for the Belly-Buster Breakfast after this?
Brian Walbey: I thought you would recognise this Chris. We didn't go for breakfast, we'd had that at our hotel, but Bill and Ange treated us to a very nice light lunch which we enjoyed along with their company.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Nov 2017, 07:04
I know for sure you had a wonderful day with Bill and Ange. Droitwich is such a wonderful place to walk around. I love the colour of the bricks.
Brian Walbey: Bill and Ange made us feel veryw elcome and we enjoyed our visit very much. I'm so glad this part of Droitwich history is still there to be seen.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Nov 2017, 07:33
Martin is pumping sewage and you pump brine. This can become pump Monday.

One wonders about things. Enormous fuel usage to produce salt. In Africa you can scrape salt together in salt pans. It seems that the fuels used, was really cheap back then.
Brian Walbey: Sheer coincodence Louis. I've seen film of the salt pans in Sfrica on television.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 20 Nov 2017, 07:58
Good to see someone else praising Droitwich, Brian!
Brian Walbey: The part we saw was quite interesting Lisl, we were amazed at the way the main street is a series of undulations where it is sinking in places.
Droitwich salt is making a comeback ...in a small way and you can get salted fudge. Mind you it isn't cheap!
Brian Walbey: That sounds rather tasty.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 20 Nov 2017, 08:22
They should have renamed it Brineworth Brian. The town built on a sea of salty water is the sort of place I would have chosen for Bill. Sorry to hear it was raining AGAIN.
Brian Walbey: Bill and Ange made us very welcome as no doubt they have you. As we left tot ravel home the sun came out would you believe smile
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Nov 2017, 09:10
You have a very good guide. I, too, have had the benefits of Bill;s tour of the town. Did ge take you both to Bullock's, a cafe? This brickwork has such warm tones.
Brian Walbey: Bill and Ange made us very welcome and we had lunch at theirs, perhaps we might do the Bullock's another time, next September [erhaps when we are in the area for the get-together.
I think your fellow in the picture has had salt eating at his nose and chin.
Brian Walbey: Certainly something has been having a go at it.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Nov 2017, 12:57
Yes, Droitwich is an important place - Bill guided me, too, through this treasure house - fine to remember this brine pumping station.
Brian Walbey: We had a very enjoyable day with Bill and Ange, there was a festival going on by the canal/river and we stopped and listened to a local choir for a short while, they were very entertaining.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Nov 2017, 12:59
I experienced this town at the best weather!
Brian Walbey: Then you were very fortunate Philine, it wasn't raining but was dull and damp. The sun came out as we set off to drive back home smile
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Nov 2017, 14:32
What an interesting piece of history Brian.
Brian Walbey: Good tos ee it hasn't been knocked down.
  • Ele Mate
  • Lithuania
  • 20 Nov 2017, 20:07
A fscinating relic!
Brian Walbey: Good to see it hasn't been knocked down.
Interesting details, Brian
Brian Walbey: Good to see it hasn't been knocked down.

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