Thursday, 3 January 2013
3. Salts Mill
Titus Salt's vision was not just big, it was huge. He sent the drawings back to the architects at one point, saying the plans 'were not half large enough'. The southern frontage of Salts Mill is 545ft long, with six storeys rising 72ft. It was designed by the Bradford architects Lockwood and Mawson, in the Italianate style that was becoming popular at the time (resembling Osborne House, Queen Victoria's new home on the Isle of Wight). It is characterised by symmetry and heavy but ornate detail - square cupolas and some rounded arches to windows and doors. The mill sits low down in the wooded valley, beside the river, the canal and the railway that runs along the valley bottom.