Saturday, 11 July 2015

Thomas Birtles' Photographic Survey of Northwich

A catalogue of photographs taken by Thomas Birtles between 1891 and 1892 will be published by Andrew and Annelise Fielding at the end of August. The photographs record the town as it was at the passing of the Brine Pumping (Compensation for Subsidence) Act of 1891. The town was at a point of change with brick buildings being replaced by timber-framed buildings as a form of subsidence resistance protecting structures from ground movements caused by rock salt mining and wild brine pumping.

The book is 248 pages long and includes maps showing the location of the buildings with 13 maps and all 251 photographs grouped by their location within the town. The book will retail at £15 in paperback. A&A Fielding Ltd.

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