Droitwich has been in the business of salt extraction since pre Roman times and much of its wealth and prosperity (that's wealth and prosperity for some, hard work for others) in former times was because of the abundance of underground lakes of brine. The salt content of the brine is so high that two and a half pounds of salt could be produced by boiling just one gallon of brine/water.
The sculpture below depicts a family of salt workers, the 'hard work' side of prosperity
'SALTWORKERS', a fine sculpture by John McKenna
The reverse of Saltworkers sculpture
When salt started to lose it's commercial value the canny mineral owners took advantage of the fashion for SPA towns and simple Droitwich became Droitwich Spa with hot brine baths to attract visitors. The town still has one brine bath at the private Droitwich Spa Hospital and there is talk of building a new brine bath for public use.
The Raven Hotel
The timber framed Raven Hotel, built in the reign of Elizabeth I and yet another place it is reputed that Charles I slept in on his way to do battle with the dastardly Roundheads.
The brine well
Redundant pumping gear.