A walk around Lymington
The area to the left of the footpath is a Nature Reserve, but until the end of 18th century it was the site of the biggest sea salt industry in the country. There was a continuous line of salt works along the 5 miles of coastline from Lymington to Hurst Spit. The greatest concentration being in an area to the left of the footpath and the Oxey and Pennington marshes.
There would have been evaporating ponds for as far as the eye could see, billowing smoke from the boiling houses, boats delivering coal and taking away the salt, the air thick with white salt dust and countless small windmills pumping the brine to the boiling houses.

Map below showing where you are on a map of 1810
Pictures of Lymington town and countryside
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