|Salt's factory on the Leeds & Liverpool Canal|
|It's a photogenic place...|
|Quality and classic Victorian houses,|
each with its own outside loo
But - without its saviour and Hockney's generosity, the place wouldn’t be there and in the state it is. And it is just wonderful. As well as art, the mill offers a range of shops, somewhere for a coffee and a bun and a Saltaire history exhibition. Outside, thanks to the efforts of the Saltaire Village Society and others, it’s like stepping back in time, albeit to a very clean one, of neat Victorian houses with real corner shops, cafes and so on. Just wandering around the grid of streets (each named after Salt’s children), dipping into places as you go and looking at the listed buildings, is a real pleasure. Nostalgia’s not what it used to be - but that's why some of the photos are black and white. The housing, built between 1854 and 1868, was hierarchical; if you were a foreman, you got a better pad than a mere pleb. It’s not a museum, though; this is a living community – so don’t be too nosey.
Since 2001, Saltaire has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When it was built, it stood in open countryside; now it perches on the fringes of the sprawling Bradford conurbation, a monument to northern Britain’s past economic glories and the vision of one man, Titus Salt.
Saltaire is about 4 miles north of Bradford, just off the A650. Rail services from Leeds, Bradford and Skipton run to Saltaire Railway Station, situated just opposite the mill.
Visit Saltaire's village website.
|Sir Titus Salt|