Tuesday, 15 November 2011
A Penny for Going
I don't remember if I mentioned it at the time but a few weeks ago I went to a meeting of the Saltaire History Club, at which two new books related to Saltaire were introduced. I (of course) bought them both and have started reading this one: 'A Penny for Going' by Roger Clarke. It recounts Saltaire's history through its shops and shopkeepers, and reflects on how changes in society since the mid 1800s have been mirrored in the changes to the number and type of shops in and around the village. There used to be many more shops than there are now and at one time Saltaire could supply pretty much everything a family needed from within the village. Not so now, when we go further afield to supermarkets, the city centres and retail parks for life's basic necessities - and the village's shops are by and large supplying the needs of visitors and tourists for snacks, gifts and luxury products.
The author, Roger Clarke, is a well-respected local historian, tour guide and writer who makes a huge contribution to Saltaire through his knowledge of its past and his enthusiasm for its present. All proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to Saltaire United Reformed Church.