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The Story of the Salt Brook Heritage Trail
Below is a slideshow about the story of the project and a film of oral histories recorded in the village.
An exciting new heritage project, set up by local community group Friends of Hatton Saltbrook Trail, to rediscover and celebrate Hatton’s impressive industrial past.
The project uses the current re-routing of the well used, rural bridlepath (around the Nestle factory) to transform the landscape into an unexpected and enjoyable heritage experience for all ages, a trail of landmarks, sculptures and installations that tell the surprisingly impressive story of the industrial heritage of the Saxon village of Hatton.
The project will capture the oral histories of those working in and affected by the change, growth and loss of the industries and will involve people of all ages from the local community in researching the heritage and designing and making the sculptures for the trail.
The small size of the village belies the significance of its industrial heritage. For example, the highly productive local farming industry led to the establishment of one of the biggest manufacturing plants in Europe, the technological breakthroughs in the engineering industry included the non-sparking train that replaced the pit pony and was adopted in mining throughout the world, the manufacturing industry boasts the first ever production of photographic tiles and pioneering glass etching in the 1870s, and Hatton’s role by the River Dove and on the Salt Brook Coach Trail in the transport industry. Local heritage is of particular importance to the community who feel there are no physical landmarks to commemorate and celebrate the village’s significant industries that could inspire and inform the next generation.
Images at the top of this page show archive images of industry in the village and Salt Brook Heritage Community Engagement workshops in April 2017.