Monday, 17 December 2012

Baildon Green revisited


Although it's only a fifteen minute walk from Saltaire, the hamlet of Baildon Green always feels to me like a different planet altogether. Many of the buildings pre-date Saltaire (which lies further down in the valley, more or less at the end of the road you can see). The hamlet grew up as a small farming community; then the textile industry developed, firstly domestic handlooms, then a 'loom shop' attached to a farm and in 1840 a small mill was built. The open land was 'Common Land' (something Saltaire did not have) where people were allowed to collect firewood and graze their animals. To this day the grass on the right is grazed by goats and a natural spring forms a small pool. Baildon Green became famous for an annual Gypsy gathering. They say that over 5000 people attended in1881 but the tradition died out at the beginning of the 20th century. These days the area is a Conservation Area, so hopefully its character will continue to be preserved. (See also this early post of mine.)

3 comments:

  1. Again, Baildon is one of those places I have not visited for years. Once Christmas is over I must give it a visit. As always your photographs make me want to jump on a bus and rediscover bits of my home county. Long live Jennyfreckles (and free bus passes). Happy Christmas my good friend - may we meet up again in 2013.

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  2. What a beautyful and peaceful place. England Like I dream about it!

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  3. One village after another, jennyfreckles, each more beautiful than the last.

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