Sunday, 23 January 2011
Heritage Trail 19 - Victoria Hall
Back on our virtual walk round the World Heritage Site of Saltaire, walking down Victoria Road:
'You will soon reach two of the finest buildings in Saltaire - the School on the left and the Institute on the right' I have shown several photos of The Saltaire Club and Institute, now known as the Victoria Hall, on my blog before - click the 'Victoria Hall' label for other views. It's a solid building, but beautiful in its own way, being pleasingly symmetrical and with some attractive stonework. It was designed by Saltaire's architects, Lockwood and Mawson, commissioned by Sir Titus Salt to provide a social club and educational institute for adults. When it opened in 1871, it had amazing facilities including a library, laboratory, billiard room, lecture halls, a gym and a rifle drill room (used by the 39th West Riding Rifle Volunteers). Even today it continues to be a well-used local facility (though karate has replaced rifle drill!)
The post box, one of two in Saltaire, has a plain GR cipher which relates to King George V (reigned 1910-1936). Apparently he chose not to have the V included in the cipher. The box is very tatty and could do with a coat of paint!
[No 6 on street plan]