Monday, 3 January 2011
New Project - The Saltaire Heritage Trail
New Year... new project. Yesterday I showed the Saltaire Street Plan out of the Heritage Trail leaflet, so I thought - why not actually follow the trail, in photographs? Sunday promised to be sunny. Ha ha, it wasn't! Though it was a little brighter than it has been, it was jolly cold. Never mind, I wrapped up warmly and set off following the blue trail.
'Our tour begins on the bridge over the railway line...' which is where you would arrive in Saltaire if you let the train take the strain. (And with petrol prices going up, no street parking and a long walk from the car park behind Salts Mill, arriving by train in the World Heritage Site makes sense.) It's a cute little station (though not as picturesque as the original, which was pulled down after the Beeching cuts in 1965.) To the left, you see the oldest residential part of Saltaire, built in 1854. To the right is the Saltaire Dining Hall, now part of Shipley College, which originally provided meals for the workers at Salts Mill. They are all built from the same local stone but the soot and grime of the 19th and early 20th centuries has been cleaned off most of the public buildings leaving the houses looking black in comparison.
[On the plan, start at the red star.]