In the heart of Cheshire 

Marston village is situated approximately 1 mile north east from Northwich town centre. 

Located on the Trent & Mersey canal, Marston is probably best know as the home of the Lion Salt works which was awarded £4.96 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and re-opened to the public Spring 2015 after extensive restoration. 

 Marston is blessed with being surrounded by 350 hectares of vibrant parkland with some wonderful wildlife, which can be easily accessed by the general public. 

It’s distinctive flora and fauna has been influenced by the areas heritage, with many rare and unusual species thriving on this legacy. 
If you wish to find out more about the wildlife in the area or obtain maps for local walking and cycling routes, please below and you will be directed to The Northwich Woodlands website. 

Brief History  

In 1670 at Marbury Estate while prospecting for coal, rock salt was discovered and the regions history in the salt industry began. A large number of small salt mines also known as rock pits or top bed mines appeared around the Northwich area. 

 In 1781 a lower bed of rock salt was discovered in Marston by boring through the sole of Marston Old Mine, after this discovery all new mines were sunk to the lower bed. 

Various mines appeared in Marston, most of which have now collapsed forming large areas of water locally known as flashes. It is said that when the waters are low at the Marston flashes on Ollershaw lane the top of the Adelaide works chimney protrudes providing a perching spot for the local wildlife. 
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