Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Saltaire, World Heritage Site


Saltaire definitely pulled out all the stops to celebrate World Heritage Day over the weekend of 15 -18 April - and the wonderful spring sunshine helped enormously, bringing visitors in large numbers.  It's ten years since Saltaire was granted World Heritage Status by UNESCO.  The criteria by which it received the accolade are:
Criterion (ii): Saltaire is an outstanding and well preserved example of a mid 19th century industrial town, the concept of which was to exert a major influence on the development of the "garden city" movement.
Criterion (iv): The layout and architecture of Saltaire admirably reflect mid 19th century philanthropic paternalism, as well as the important role played by the textile industry in economic and social development.

For more information please have a look at the UNESCO World Heritage website.

Regular visitors will recognise the lovely Italianate tower of the New Mill (opened in 1868, so not that new now!) and the covered footbridge over the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, which links the newer building with the earlier Salts Mill.  (I think some of you know this place now like the back of your own hand - even if you've never visited for real!)

8 comments:

  1. It looks great in the sunshine.

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  2. Beautiful blue sky...lovely scene :)

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  3. What a fantastic photograph! Blue sky, stunning architecture, new foliage on the trees and a canal; perfect!

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  4. I absolutely love the lines of this photo, Jenny!

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  5. It looks a bit like St Mark's in Venice. But then I suppose it was meant to. What is that little post on top of the tower? a weather vane?
    My main comment being safety conscious is that the railings seem to be on the wrong side. I can visualize the odd person or cyclist falling in the canal....

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  6. It is a beautiful place and a beautiful photo. I was going to make the same comment about safety that a commenter above me made. In the industry where I spent my career, railings would have been required.

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