As a UNESCO World Heritage site a visit to Saltaire is a must. This is due to the present amenities and Saltaire’s extremely interesting past. Set alongside the river Aire from which it gets part of its name Saltaire also has the Leeds Liverpool canal running through it’s heart.
- Sir Titus Salt, a Victorian mill owner, built Saltaire as a model town and endowed it with many employee friendly features. Workers cottages built and named after Salt family members, Alma, Ada, Mary, Constance , Helen, Fanny, Grace Streets are now occupied by West Yorkshire commuters. I guess the names seemed modern in the 19th century. Sir Titus built his mill on the river Aire to clean the Alpaca wool he imported from Peru.
- The former mill now houses a small museum, retail emporium, art gallery, 3 eating establishments and workspace.
- Shipley glen tramway is just across the river and canal bridges and runs up to picturesque Shipley Glen. Even if the tram is not running the glen is a good place to take children with rocks to climb, woods to explore, Brackenhall Countryside Centre to visit and a tea house.
- Roberts Park is squeezed between the river and the canal and has 2 cricket pitches to deposit balls into either waterway.
- “1853 Gallery” which houses a collection of the works of the famous local artist David Hockney.
- Victoria hall and exhibition premises hold a range of events. the Antiques Road Show was fillemed here last month..
- The United Reform round church based on Italian architecture and built by Titus Salt in 1859. His mausoleum is situated below the lead dome with sunbursts in round arches.
- The old tramsheds are now a restaurant and entertainment venue but it is easy to see where the old Trolley buses stopped when they reached their Saltaire destination. Another licensed and thus irreverent location is called Don’t Tell Titus.
- Walks include paths on the ‘Dalesway Bradford Link’ that lead up to Dick Hudsons and over Ilkley moor to the official start.
- Salts Walks is a demonstration of the local enterprise culture which keeps the community spirit live and thriving.
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