The 'new road' is not yet quite finished; its final tarmac surface is yet to be applied and, in the background, some last remnants of the town's industrial past are lingering on.
Behind the lamp post, centre right, Henry Seddon's offices in Pepper Street can be seen, with part of the works to their right.
The small row of salt workers' cottages which adjoined the salt works offices are now all that remains of Pepper Street.
A brand new wooden fence divides the site of the old salt works from the new 'inner relief road'. If you follow the line of the fence to the middle left of the photo, you can see Middlewich's STD telephone exchange, built in 1967 in what was then its own small compound off Pepper Street.
The coming of St Michael's Way brought the building into greater public prominence as it now stands on one side of the road and has been much altered and enlarged, though it's doubtful if anyone ever notices it.
On the road itself, along with the ubiquitous plastic cones is a paraffin lamp of a type once used to mark road works at night and now superseded by flashing yellow battery lamps. These road lamps are currently to be found in many a trendy antique shop.
THE BLACK WATCH ASSOCIATION PIPE BAND
First published 19th October 2011
Expanded and re-published 19th October 2017