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.
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