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placename:- Crosscanonby Salt Pans
parish Crosscanonby parish, once in Cumberland
county:- Cumbria
salt pans
coordinates:- NY066401
10Km square:- NY04

1Km square NY0640


Crosscanonby Salt Pans -- Crosscanonby -- Cumbria / -- Salt pan. -- NY06674015 (at) -- the structure on the beach is visible in the background. -- 14.6.2008

Crosscanonby Salt Pans -- Crosscanonby -- Cumbria / -- Remains of water tank scaffold on the beach. -- NY06614016 (at) -- 14.6.2008

old map:- Ford 1839 map

Map of the Lake District, published in A Description of Scenery in the Lake District, by William Ford, published by Charles Thurnham, London, 1839.
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Salt Pans
county:- Cumberland
date:- 1839
period:- 19th century, early; 1830s

hearsay Crosscanonby Salt Pans were leased to Richard Barwise in 1634, they were probably began about 1630. A land survey of 1699 calls them Mr Lamplugh's salt pans; and shows another set of salt pans south of Crosscanonby which belonged to the Senhouse Family of Netherhall, the Netherhall Salt Pans. The saltern probably ceased working in the 1760s.
On the beach was a water tank on a wooden scaffold, whose footings remain, from which sea water ran onto the sleech in the kinch. Sleech is salt laden sand from the beach; the kinch, where it was piled up is the large round pond, sealed by puddled clay, that can be seen clearly on the site. The strong brine from the kinch trickled down to the brine pit just to the south. The brine was then boiled in iron pans to produce salt, which crystalized out of the brine. Coal for the saltern came from Crosshow, near Dearham.
From 1698 a salt tax was levied. One salt officer was John Smith, d.1730, whose tombstone is at Crosscanonby church, with a carving of him at his desk.
The new coast road was built 1824 and went through the site; the kinch and the salters' cottages were all that was obviously visible. One of the cottages was a pub, possibly called The Solway Inn, for a time.

18th century washing and settling tanks on the shore.

Old Cumbria Gazetteer - JandMN: 2013

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