A Letter from Nantwich Update

The Salt Ship site (January 2006)

 

AFTER the salt ship was removed for preservation, work resumed on building new houses - a project  that had been interrupted by the discovery and excavation of a piece of Nantwich history.

The 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.

   Next 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.

 

Another view of the development.

 

Wilbraham Court from the far end of Second Wood Street, with part of the Cheshire Cat to the left and the Black Lion pub, the black and white building in Welsh Row.  

 
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