Monday, 14 January 2013
14. Green oasis
Although Saltaire was a functional and industrial township, and in the early days would have been smoky and more polluted than it is now (though nothing compared to the city of Bradford itself), it was built on a greenfield site. The river, open parkland, allotments and the canal at its heart meant - and still means - plenty of green space, enjoyed by generations of the village's residents - and these days by plenty of visitors too. This is my favourite stretch of the canal, in the heart of Saltaire alongside the church. The shot was taken several years ago.... Now you can't see this unspoilt view because of the ice-cream boat that moors here for much of the year, though many seem to consider that an asset. (It sells ice-cream, it's not made of the stuff!) See here.