Miners’ Wives and Soap

Foreshore, Sea Wall, High Street
by Kate Hunter

Turning the corner onto the foreshore, you are presented with a series of murals running along the sea wall. The first of these is Soap and Salters by Kate Hunter. The two women depicted here are the mother and grandmother of local resident, Andrew Quinn. Salt was the foundation of the town, hence the name Prestonpans – “Priests’ Town Salt Pans”. Salt was used for preserving fish and in the soap making process, as well as being widely exported.