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Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Albert Terrace, Saltaire

This is one of the classic views of Saltaire, looking along Albert Terrace towards Salts Mill - and, incidentally, the first view you get if you arrive by train. Not many of the original cobbled streets remain (not strictly cobbles either, but stone setts).

Just to explain a little - Saltaire is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's a well-preserved Victorian industrial village, founded in 1853 by Sir Titus Salt for his mill workers. It centres on the huge mill complex, which used to weave fine cloth of wool and alpaca. Sir Titus had five mills in Bradford, but was concerned at the appalling conditions in which people lived. He determined to move his entire business outside the city, building a model village on a greenfield site he purchased in Shipley. It was ideally served by the railway, canal and river, and the village he built had everything his workers needed, from cradle to grave. It was named Salt-Aire after Sir Titus himself, and the River Aire which flows beside the mills.

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