Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Heritage Trail 16 - Alexandra Square


Hope we're all refreshed after that virtual coffee.  (And the very good news is that virtual cake contains NO calories!) Now we will....
'Continue along Bingley Road and then turn left into Victoria Road.'  The top of Victoria Road contains this little green space called Alexandra Square, around which are grouped Saltaire's almshouses. (For more photos and history, please click the 'almshouses' label below).  This area was developed in 1868.  Sir Titus Salt was following the lead of other local paternalist industrialists such as Sir Francis Crossley, who in 1855 had established almshouses linked to his Dean Clough Works in Halifax.  There are 45 almshouses in Victoria Road, some now in private ownership but many still providing accommodation for the elderly or infirm, through a Housing Trust.

[No 14 on the street plan]

18 comments:

  1. The architecture is very beautyful there, with those arches above the windows; And with all those benches, I guess the place must be very pleasant in summer, under the shadow provided by the trees..

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  2. Drat! If I'd known that virtual cakes contained no calories, I'd have had another.

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  3. What a beautiful setting - lovely photograph!

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  4. What an interesting B&W photo!
    Thanks for sharing this.

    Hope you're having a great day!
    B xx

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  5. I Like this little square.

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  6. This picture really works well in B&W

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  7. I remember reading about them before. It was a super idea and to still have them as hoes for the elderly is good news.

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  8. Just this morning I was walking Amy passed some very similar almshouses in Halifax, built, I suspect, by Francis Crossley. Beautiful buildings, both of them.

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  9. Nicely composed, Jenny. I like the architecture on the right. Store away Malyss' suggestion that you return in the summer (and in color).

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  10. Puff! Puff! Just catching up! Stayed behind for more cake....

    We stayed once in a poorhouse in Bath, North Carolina. It had been converted into a B & B and was charming. But not nearly so elegant as these.

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  11. BBC2 tonight, 6:30, Portillo in his Great British Rail Journeys, goes to Saltaire, you should watch!

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  12. Just seen Saltaire on the Michael Portillo programme. It's as beautiful as ever!

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  13. Beautiful! I love the rounded windows and tall chimneys.

    No calories? Don't you just love virtual food? lol.

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  14. Wonderful architecture! ~Lili

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  15. That is lovely. So regal looking.

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  16. I love this virtual tour. I enjoyed the coffee, but was eager to move on and see more of those amazing buildings!

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  17. I really like your B/W photography of buildings...damn good!

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