Keys to the Past

Salt Pans (Seaton Valley)

Salt was collected at this site on the mouth of Seaton Burn. This has been happening in the medieval period (1066 to 1540), and the road leading inland from the site was known as `Salters Peth' (Salters Path). The industry became bigger in the 17th century. Salt water from the sea was put in large pans, which was boiled using local coal leaving just the salt. By the 19th century salt collecting was declining at this site, and now there is nothing to be seen at this site.

Reference number:N11958
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)

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