Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Saltaire garden

This garden in Saltaire's Alexandra Square makes a beautiful 'chocolate box' picture at the moment, with borders and pots full of colourful plants. Whoever lives there must love gardening and obviously takes great pride in how it looks. The other side of the house, overlooking Bradford Road, is equally pretty. It is one of Saltaire's Almshouses, originally built by Titus Salt in 1868 to provide homes for elderly and infirm residents of Saltaire. It's good to see one of the houses looking so attractive, as some of them look a little bit neglected these days. For more photos and information about the Almshouses see here and here.

12 comments:

  1. I would love to have a garden like that but fate has conspired to rob me of the minimum skill-set to make anything grow and prosper. However I can eat chocolates so I will aspire to that particular element in your post.

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  2. It does look very attractive; set off beautifully by the creamy colour of the stone.

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  3. An other house where I'd like to live...(sigh..)At least we have your beautyful pictures to dream!

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  4. Very pretty, like your border too. Are they still used as Alms houses?

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  5. Putting an element of style into social housing seems to be a concept that fell by the wayside some time ago. I expect anyone fortunate enough to be offered one of these homes would have been as thrilled in 1868 as they would be today.

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  6. Such wonderful detail in the masonry/brickwork! Love the exuberance in the garden, too--a nice match for the building.

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  7. so charming -- especially with the creepers growing round the arches of the windows.

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  8. very nice building with plants and ornamental flowers

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  9. Beautiful indeed. Perhaps council homes are an extension of the 'alms' concept, but the latter has (had?)to serve millions rather than thousands.

    Just trying not to get too dreamy about my wonderful motherland. Yes, I even include Yorkshire, second only to Devon for natural and architectural beauty. Take care all.

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  10. How beautiful! And I'm suddenly craving chocolate too... ~Lili

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