I live within 5 miles of the village of Saltaire in West Yorkshire. It was founded and was the dream of Sir Titus Salt, a philanthropic yet pragmatic textiles manufacturer. The village was constructed to house the workforce in his enormous mills. Much has been written about Sir Titus and this is not a history lesson. It is however some photographs taken around the village, mill and Roberts Park. For those that do not know this corner of West Yorkshire, it has a unique feel to it quite unlike any of the neighbouring urban area. The mill hosts the largest permanent exhibition of David Hockney’s work. It is a beautiful, tranquil space that has adapted the industrial architecture to great effect. Saltaire is so highly regarded as a gem of industrial and social history that it is now a UNESCO world heritage site.
One of the huge mill chimneys
The main mill building
The Entrance to the mill complex
A little bit of green in amongst the stone and ironwork. Ferns in the 1853 gallery at Salts Mill.
The mill bridge over the Leeds Liverpool canal from the bridge over the canal
Roberts Park. An amenity built in Salt’s model village for the recreational benefit of his mill workers. It was completed in 1871
Roberts Park. The park contains shelters, a bandstand as well as broad walkways for Victorians to promenade along
A glimpse of the United Reformed Church from the park. The boathouse in the bottom of the picture is now a riverside pub. Sir Titus would definitely not have approved.
Victoria Road leading up from the mill and park. The gardens, allotments and tree lined street add greenery to the heart of the village.
Many of the streets surrounding the mill were named after children of Sir Titus
My favourite view of the mill, framed by the gardens and allotments.
Saltaire United reformed Church. Legend has it that Sir Titus’s wife request a family gallery be built in the church so they would not have to mix with the workers. To get his own back, a large chandelier was positioned so as to totally obstruct her view.
Back streets running down to the canal and mill. Sir Titus forbid his workers to hang out washing on a Sunday in their back yards.
Four giant stone carved lions at each corner of Victoria Square. Carved by Thomas Mimes of London. Urban myth suggests they were originally done for Trafalgar Square in London but they were considered too detailed for the delicate Londoners, so they were shipped up to Saltaire and replacements were carved