Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Aerial view of Saltaire, 1970s

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There have recently been exhibitions in Bradford and Shipley of photographs from the archive of C H Wood (Charles Harold Wood), now in the permanent collection of Bradford Museums and Galleries at the Industrial Museum. C H Wood started his career as a photographer in 1922 and later set up C H Wood (Bradford) Ltd, providing photographs for industry, commerce and advertising. He worked for most of the big textile, engineering and manufacturing firms in this area and specialised in aerial photography. The company closed down in 2002. The archive is now interesting because it provides a record of how Bradford and the surrounding areas have changed over sixty years.

According to the exhibition catalogue, this photo was taken in 1947 but I am convinced that is a mistake. I think it is more recent - more like the 1970s. Even so, the appearance of the Mill and the surrounding village is not much different today.
The old Salts Grammar School at the top has been rebuilt. Below the school, you can see a cricket match in play in Roberts Park, and you can make out the shape of the Half Moon pavilion beside the trees. Saltaire's church, the Victoria Hall and the huge Mill complex are all clearly visible, as is the grid pattern of Saltaire's streets.

For a mini-tour of some more of the archive photos, including
some taken inside Salts Mill, please click this link. The exhibition at the Bradford 1 Gallery in Centenary Square continues until August 22.

9 comments:

  1. Wonder what the score was?

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  2. I took a stroll through the archive. Isn't it interesting to see what has changed and what is almost as it was!I hadn't realised that Salts was once the biggest factory in the world!!

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  3. I am sure you are right with your dating of it. Even the cars you can just about make out on the main road have a modern look to them.

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  4. The Mill certainly dominates. It doesn't look as beautiful from the air as your photos make it look at ground level.

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  5. The tour sounds fun, I will do it after lunch.Thanks for the great comments.

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  6. Wouldn't Sir Titus be proud to see what he had wrought!!

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  7. Neat to see! It doesn't look like the quaint and beautiful images you've shown us though.

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  8. Aerial photography always gives such an interesting perspective and so much fun to spot and recognize local landmarks. ~Lili

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