Today’s pictures come courtesy of our lovely friends Ruth and Mark who live in one of England’s original model villages, now designated as a World Heritage Site – Saltaire near Bradford.
It’s a fascinating village, created entirely by Titus Salt, a Victorian mill owner. He wanted his workers to live happy and wholesome lives, so he built them houses, a community centre, a church, a school, a hospital … everything you could need for daily life. Well, everything except a pub because old Titus didn’t allow drinking. (Now Saltaire has several pubs and bars including one names ‘Don’t Tell Titus”).
It’s a lovely place. We visited in early Autumn and Ruth and Mark gave us a tour of the village and the old mill, which has now been turned into a spectacular arts gallery and shopping centre. Here are some of my pictures from that visit.
This one was taken inside the converted mill, which is really worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.
But of course it’s not sunny or warm now, and Ruth was kind enough to send over a few photos of Saltaire over the last few days.
It’s such an evocative place. Can’t you just imagine the workers, all heading to the mill on a cold winter’s day?
Thanks for sharing, Ruth and Mark!