Friday, 12 November 2010
From a blue door in Derbyshire to a green door in Saltaire. Very carefully painted, but perhaps a touch too complicated a treatment for my taste. Nevertheless, the front door and its stone surround are typical of the oldest houses in Saltaire, this one on William Henry Street, built in 1854. The street is named after William Henry Salt (1831 -1893) who was Sir Titus Salt's first son. He worked with his father in the family business at the Mill but retired in his early 40s to Leicestershire, presumably to a life of a leisured country gentleman. On his father's death he became the second baronet, Sir William Henry Salt.
As a complete non-sequiteur, I was astonished to hear my own dear mother say at the weekend that she 'doesn't like' windows and doors with rounded tops! How can you 'not like' something like that? And how can my own mother not like them, when I love them! Funny how you never really know someone completely, even when you've grown up with them.