Northwich is an attractive Cheshire town, situated at the junction of the River Dane and River Weaver. It owes much of its development to the vast deposits of salt found in the area, first exploited during Roman times.
In the 19th a new method of extracting salt left a harsh legacy that has only recently been fixed. Instead of mining, hot water was pumped underground and salt extracted from the resulting brine. This technique led to significant levels of subsidence in later years, effectively halting any new investment in the area.
In 2004 work began on a programme to stabilise the abandoned mines, removing brine and replacing it with pulverised fuel ash and cement. The project was completed in 2007.
Northwich is now embarking on a massive redevelopment programme. The Baron’s Quay development in the town centre includes plans for an 80,000 sq ft department store, a multiplex cinema, and 40 shops and restaurants.
Attractions & Activities
Northwich has a number of fantastic attractions on its doorstep. The Anderton Boat Lift is magnificent example of Victorian engineering and is the only working boat lift in England. Adventurous types will enjoy the Go Ape assault course at Delamere Forest while history buffs can learn about the town’s connections with salt production at the Salt Museum. Arley Hall is one of Cheshire’s finest stately homes and hosts regular events.
Northwich boasts a good mix of independent retailers and high street names.
In the town centre most major stores are found on:
- Witton Street (Dorothy Perkins, Early Learning Centre, Burton, Jessops, Boots, Superdrug, Bratts, Dixons, H Samuel, WHSmith, Currys)
- Leicester Street (New Look, Matalan, Marks & Spencer, Martin Dawes, Halfords)
- Weaver Square shopping centre (La Senza, Orange, Thorntons, O2, Jones Bootmaker etc.)
Northwich also offers a small out-of-town retail park.