Northwich  Cheshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Northwich like this:

Northwich.-- market town and township with ry. sta., Great Budworth par., Cheshire, 11 miles SE. of Warrington, 18 miles NE. of Chester, and 172 miles NW. of London - township, 13 ac., pop. 1022; town, 1920 ac., pop. 12,246; P.O., T.O., 3 Banks, 1 news-paper. Market-day, Friday. Some very old houses are to be seen in the town, which is rather irregularly built. ...

Salt works and rock salt mines are here very important, and maintain an enormous trade, especially in exports to America and the East Indies. Belgium and Prussia are large customers for rock salt. The salt springs of Northwich are said to have been known to the Romans. The rock salt of the locality was discovered accidentally in 1670.

Northwich through time

Northwich is now part of Vale Royal district. Click here for graphs and data of how Vale Royal has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Northwich itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Northwich, in Vale Royal and Cheshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 20th April 2024

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