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Winnington Works in the 1940s

Wallescote Wharf with the 1930s fleet

Steamer Frances Poole at Barnton Stock Yards

The Crescent at Barnton Hill

Hibernia at Barnton Sheds

Polythene - invented at Winnington Works - on the Weaver Naviagation

The Devastating Flood of Northwich in February 1946

The Weaver is only navigable from Winsford Bridge to its confluence with the Ship Canal

ICI River Trade

When Ludwig Mond and John Brunner established their chemical works at Winnington in 1873, a new chapter in both the history of Northwich and the River Navigation was about to be written. 

The company grew steadily over the next 50 years and in 1924 acquired the Magadi Soda Company of Kenya. 

In 1926, Brunner Mond merged with three other British chemical companies to form Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), a venture that grew to become one of the world's largest and most successful companies.

In 1991 Brunner Mond was re-created as an independent company by the acquisition of the UK and Kenyan soda ash businesses from ICI.

This Chapter of history continues to this day and the chemical empire is now owned by Tata Chemicals Europe.

ICI’s works at Winnington, on the River Weaver, receives its limestone by rail from Derbyshire but for many years used coasters to export its finished product.

Sadly, commercial traffic - thanks to the articulated lorry - has now left the Weaver Navigation but courtesy of the Late Rick Ferris/ Keith Langston Collection, we can still enjoy its pictorial history.

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    The Sutton Weaver Swing Bridge has won a national commendation ....

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