Tuesday, 22 January 2013

22. Worker's cottages


The village was extended westwards, away from Salts Mill and then southwards up the valley side.  Further from the mill the cottages are a bit smaller, without the benefit of a front garden, though they still have their own back yard. These date to around 1857 and were designed for the families of ordinary workers at the mill. Although small, they would have been much more pleasant than the overcrowded tenements available in the city. They still provide comfortable homes for singles and young couples starting out on the housing ladder (though, these days, car parking is a bit of an issue as you can see). The lovely view of green fields in the background is still pleasing and must have been literally 'a breath of fresh air' in Victorian times.

7 comments:

  1. It amazes me to see people still can live in these old old buildings as we have very few buildings that age. It is great to see the green surrounding the village.

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  2. Beautiful photo. I love the old dark block. What struck me when we were visiting Yorkshire was all the pipes that were on the outsides of the buildings - put there presumably long after the initial construction. Fascinating!

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  3. I was struck by the number of "For Sale" signs in the row. We, too, have that, with an accumulation of homes that have gone unsold during the housing slump.

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  4. Lots of "for sale" signs - these places would go for mega $$ here and sell really fast!

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  5. That lovely green field in the distance would be quite an attraction to me.

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  6. I'm wondering if those "workers houses" are expensive today?..

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