THE restoration of Middlewich's Murgatroyd Brine Pumps is finally completed.

The gargantuan challenge to transform the site of this scheduled monument in Middlewich, the only intact pumps over an original hand-dug shaft

left in Britain was almost finished when lockdown struck.

Emergency salvage work started in 2008 to preserve the crumbling monument.

Winsford Guardian:

It has been a labour of love to save Murgatroyd's Brine Pump

Thanks to £400,000 funding from bodies including Historic England, Heritage Fund and Association of Industrial Archaeology, specialist and volunteers have saved the site which dates back to 1889.

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Kerry Kirwan, heritage development officer and project manager, said: "This project had a couple of curve balls and a pandemic to deal with but we are finally at the end.

"Volunteers are now finishing off the finer details and site interpretation ready for when we are allowed to have visitors in the spring. A big thank you to everyone who helped, supported and worked on the project."

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