Latin, wich.

Salt-works is the rubric given by the Phillimore editors to a separate section of the text of Cheshire devoted to the salt towns, or wiches. In the text itself, Wich is left untranslated. In all cases, this word refers to one of the three salt-working towns of Middlewich, Nantwich and Northwich. For consistency, other salt-towns - notably Droitwich - should have been left untranslated, as Wich; but since the modern forms have been indexed for many counties, they have been left in that form in this edition. For Cheshire, the modern forms of the place-names have been incorporated in the text as editorial insertions.

For further information on the salt industry, see H.C. Darby, Domesday England (1977); and Laurence Keen, 'Coastal salt production in Norman England', Anglo-Norman Studies, vol. 1 (1989), pages 133-79.

See also salt.