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.