The cottage was built in 1760 (Alan Bottomley, 'Discovering Southwold'). Originally there had been an adjacent single-storey extension built out from the southern gable which can just be seen in the old photograph (right). This is thought to have been a weighing shed. The cottage presumably provided accommodation for the works manager. The brickwork is said still to be suffering the effects of long-term saturation with salt.
The Salt Works goes into liquidation.