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Lymington Salt Works

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Lymington Salt Works, traditional salt wagon, No.3

The Lymington area of the New Forest was, for many centuries, the capital of the English Salt trade. Wealthy local businessman, Charles St.Barbe (1750 - 1826) grew his influence and owned fifteen salt works and forty eight salt pans [known as salterns]. Despite the heavy taxes on salt (£30/ton in 1790s) he made substantial profits. The rise of salt mining in Cheshire, and improved transport, by canals and railways, led to the dramatic decline of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight salt industries in the late 19th Century.