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Fishink in Saltaire. Salts Mill

April 28, 2012

Two weeks ago I managed to get a day free to go and revisit the wonderful village of Saltaire. Founded in 1851 by Sir Titus Salt, a leading industrialist in the Yorkshire Woolen industry. The name of the village is a combination of the founder’s surname and the name of the river. Salt moved his business (five separate mills) from Bradford to this site near Shipley to arrange his workers and to site his large textile mill by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the railway.

Salt built neat stone houses for his workers (much better than the slums of Bradford), wash-houses with tap water, bath-houses, a hospital and an institute for recreation and education, with a library, a reading room, a concert hall, billiard room, science laboratory and a gymnasium. The village had a school for the children of the workers, almshouses, allotments, a park and a boathouse. Because of this combination of houses, employment and social services the original town is often seen as an important development in the history of 19th century urban planning. There are some lovely galleries, cafes, bars and vintage/ retro shops just up the road from Salts Mill.

Some of the wonderful buildings in the village.

There is even a most impressive church built for his workers to go to. Beautifully carved with intricate details.

Salt’s Mill is an art gallery, shopping and restaurant complex located in Saltaire, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. It is inside a former mill, built by Sir Titus Salt. The 1853 gallery takes its name from the date of the building in which it is housed. Salt’s Mill displays many paintings by local artist David Hockney. When completed, it was the largest industrial building in the world by total floor area. It is a grade II* listed building.

They’ve created amazing spaces inside the mill and it’s lovely to see items from the old offices and work rooms now furnishing the modern rooms.

Some amazing displays in the bookshop, art shop and home interiors floor too.

Outside there is a great walk along the side of the building and further along the canal.

Part two with imagery from the books in the bookshop and David Hockney to follow.

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