Melchett Mere, Tatton Park

Record ID:  58731 / MNA113900
Record type:  Landscape
Protected Status: None Recorded
NT Property:  Tatton Park; North
Civil Parish:  Tatton; Cheshire East
Grid Reference:  SJ 750 810
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Summary

pumping of wild brine by salt companies which dissolved the rock salt under and to the north of Tatton Mere, causing the sudden collapse resulting in the creation of Melchett Mere. A new expanse of surface water lies at the lowest point of a solution valley, the sides of which are characterised by subsidence cracks.

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Monument Types

  • LAKE (Early 20th C to Late 20th C - 1922 AD to 2000 AD)
  • NATURAL FEATURE (Early 20th C to Late 20th C - 1922 AD to 2000 AD)

Description

{1} It was probably C19th and early C20th pumping of wild brine by salt companies based at Northwich which dissolved the rock salt under and to the north of Tatton Mere, causing the sudden collapse in 1922 which resulted in the creation of Melchett Mere, named by Lord Egerton after the then chairman of the extractive company he believed to have been responsible. This relatively new expanse of surface water lies at the lowest point of a solution valley, the sides of which are characterised by subsidence cracks.

References

  • SAA6 - Article in serial: Higham N.J.; Cane T.. 1997?. The Tatton Park Project, Part 1: Prehistoric to Sub-Roman Settlement and Land Use. 74 (for 1996-7). p.3.

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Other Statuses and References

  • HER/SMR Reference (External) (Cheshire HER): 58731

Associated Events

  • ENA1187 - Heritage Assessment, The Tatton Park Project

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