Friday, 20 July 2012

Mrs Caroline Hill


Meet Mrs Caroline Hill.  I bumped into her the other day as she was hurrying past Salts Mill on her way to an appointment.  She's the wife of the Head of Security at the Mill, Colonel Thomas Hill and they live with their family in the Tower House in the middle of the village (see here for a photo), although she is nostalgic for life in India, where they lived when her husband was in the army and where their children were born.

In fact, this lovely lady is Sally Clegg, one of Saltaire's costumed guides, just one of a number of volunteers who conduct guided walks around the village for visitors, on behalf of 'Salts Walks'.  She was indeed in a hurry for her next appointment with a tour group, but she graciously posed for a photograph.  The guides all have a vast wealth of knowledge about Saltaire's history and development and, acting in their different roles, they really bring history to life. The walks are amusing, very informative and highly recommended.

The guided walks start at Saltaire's new Visitor Information Centre in the mill, at 2pm every Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays. It's advisable to book - full details are on the Village website. Cost: £4 for an adult, £3 for a child under 12. Groups can also pre-book specially arranged walks during the week.

6 comments:

  1. That would be a fun thing to do, go for a Salt Walk with Sally/Caroline.

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  2. There's no substitute for 'local' knowledge. The guided tours sound like fun.

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  3. I remember you showing me Tower House. She looks a lovely lady and I am sure she is very knowledgeable but I bet she can't take photographs half as well as the guide who showed me around Saltaire.

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  4. I wondered whether there were costumed guides. Saltaire looks like a well-kept historic town that has done a good job of keeping itself open and avoiding walling itself in.

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  5. Definitely on the to-do list if I ever make it to Saltaire.

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  6. You had me at first and then I thought she is a live history person. Great photo and costume is neat.

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