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Advert for Tidman's sea salt

Advert for Tidman's sea salt

Printer: Unknown

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1887

Shelfmark: Evan.6986

Item number: 6986

Genre: Leaflet

A prohibitive tax had been imposed on salt by the customs service in the 15th century, and by 1805 this levy had reached £30 per ton. The salt tax was finally abolished in 1825, and by 1850 over a million tons of white salt were transported by barge around the country.

In 1852 an engineer, John Corbett, designed a way of keeping salt mines airtight, further developing the British salt industry. The coastal town of Maldon in Essex has been a centre for salt production since the middle ages and today is home to the Maldon Crystal Salt Company, which produces Tidman’s sea salt.

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