The Romans called Droitwich ‘Salinae’ or ‘the place of the salt’ and even today this fascinating Worcestershire town possesses Britain’s only natural brine spa complex where a bathing pool has 2.5lbs of salt per gallon, a proportion equalled only by the Dead Sea. |
Victorian John Corbett, known as the ‘Salt King’, was responsible for the town’s sudden transformation into a fashionable spa town. His old house, Chateau Impney, is a turreted French castle that is now a hotel.
The Italianate church of the Sacred Heart has splendid mosaics and Venetian glass while lovers of porcelain should head to the beautiful National Trust property of Hanbury Hall. Salwarpe Court is a fine half-timbered Elizabethan house while Westwood Park – also Elizabethan – has a beautiful gatehouse. Salwarpe Valley Nature Reserve is one of the few inland sites containing salt water.