Wednesday, 5 January 2011
Heritage Trail 3 - Saltaire's United Reformed Church
'Continue downhill along Victoria Road, passing the impressive Saltaire United Reformed Church on the left...' I have posted many photos of this beautiful and unusual building (click the 'Saltaire URC' label to see more - both inside and outside) - but for completeness as we 'walk' the Heritage Trail I'm posting another one. I never get tired of looking at it anyway, as it's such an iconic building.
Originally the Congregational Church, it was completed in 1859. Sir Titus Salt, Saltaire's founder, was a staunch Christian and was anxious to provide spiritually as well as materially for his employees. The church was in many ways the crowning glory of his paternalistic vision for a township that would provide all that his workers in the vast textile mill, and their families, could need. (As well as a last resting place for himself and his family, in the adjoining Mausoleum.)
Situated directly opposite the main entrance to Salts Mill, the church stands at the end of a long drive that focuses the visitor's attention on the magnificent entrance and tower. To the right, you can just see the Stable Block cottages.
[No 2 on the street plan]