Story telling event about the connection between the local salt industry and the First World War

Machine Operators filing and fastening salt bags during the Great War. Photograph taken from the collection held at the Salt Museum, Northwich

Machine Operators filing and fastening salt bags during the Great War. Photograph taken from the collection held at the Salt Museum, Northwich

An event is taking place at Northwich library on Tuesday February 4 concentrating on the connection between Cheshire salt and the First World War.

Women took over the heavy work of the salt pans as the men went to war and storyteller Elizabeth Morris will talk about their changing lives from the viewpoint of her ancestor Violet, the wife of salt baron George Hamlett.

George Hamlett & Sons were based in Winsford and their salt operation was huge, not only in Cheshire, but with shipping offices in Liverpool and London.

George and Violet’s four sons – including Elizabeth’s grandfather – fought in France and one of her Great Uncles was killed.

Local women were also employed in munitions factories, and this will also be part of the storytelling event.

Local Winnington and Castle Councillor Paul Dolan said: “This event is part of National Storytelling Week and will appeal to people interested in local history.

“The storytelling concentrates on the local salt industry and its workers during a period of great change between 1914 and 1918.

“I am sure that this will be a fascinating event.”

The storytelling on February 4 is at 2.15pm and will include light refreshments. Tickets are £3 and can be purchased from the Enquiry Desk at Northwich Library, or call the library on 01606 44221.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Built by the Marketing Team at Cheshire West and Chester Council  |