new development is called Wilbraham Court, as seen (above) from the Welsh
Row end. The pictures
were taken in early February, although the one (left) of the name plaque
- Wilbraham Court 2005 - the window and the arch was taken in mid September.
The row of houses, which stands of the site of an earlier row of houses,
curves away into the distance.
When the salt ship
was first raised, there were hopes that it could be housed as a whole in Nantwich
Museum, but there is not enough room to display all of it. (It has, in
any case, been cut into three pieces so that it can fit into the
preservation vats, but the museum authorities were assured that it could
be reassembled after preservation).
I did wonder at the time
whether the salt ship could be returned to the ground from which it
came. Not buried, of course, but displayed in a special building that
would be part of the housing development.
The central archway is
just about the spot where the saltship lay buried for all those years.
Wouldn't it be a good thing if it could be installed in a special
underground chamber in the archway, with spotlights and a
specially toughened glass top through which it could be viewed.
best thing to a special building. How about it, Messrs Schofield? A nice
gesture to place before the museum authorities - and an extra draw to bring
tourists to that part of Nantwich.