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Saltaire, a Victorian model village

Saltaire was built as a model workers' village between 1851 and 1876. Saltaire was founded by Titus Salt, the village takes its name from a combination of the River Aire and the name of the founder Titus Salt. Saltaire is situated close to Leeds in Great Britain and about 50 km from the UNESCO World Heritage Studley Royal Park near Ripon. Titus Salt realized an ideal workers' village nearby his factory. The workers were provided with homes, gardens, schools, a public wash house, churches, a hospital and all necessary local services. The houses were provided with running water and indoor water closets. Gas was supplied for heating and lighting. Saltaire used to have its own fire service. Saltaire is an outstanding example of a workers village from the Victorian Era. The village of Saltaire consists of 22 streets, 805 houses and 45 almshouses. The almshouses were built to accommodate 45 elderly, not necessarily former employees or villagers. The streets carry the names of the members of the Salt Family, Queen Victoria and her consort Albert are included along with the two architects of Saltaire, Lockwood and Mawson. The UNESCO World Heritage  Site Saltaire is still inhabited. Another 19th century workers village is Crespi d'Adda in Italy. Saltaire gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 2001.

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Saltaire, a Victorian model village - The former textile factory of the workers' village Saltaire, Salts Mill. The workers' village Saltaire was founded by the...

The former textile factory of the workers' village Saltaire, Salts Mill. The workers' village Saltaire was founded by the owner of Salts Mill, Titus Salt. Saltaire Village is situated on the banks of the River Aire. Saltaire takes its name from a combination of the River Aire and the name of the founder of the village, Titus Salt.

  1. Saltaire, a Victorian model village - The former textile factory of the workers' village Saltaire, Salts Mill. The workers' village Saltaire was founded by the...

    The former textile factory of the workers' village Saltaire, Salts Mill. The workers' village Saltaire was founded by the owner of Salts Mill, Titus Salt. Saltaire Village is situated on the banks of the River Aire. Saltaire takes its name from a combination of the River Aire and the name of the founder of the village, Titus Salt.

  2. Saltaire, a Victorian model village - Saltaire: The Company Dining Hall was available for staff of Salts Mill to bring their own food, have it cooked, they could purchase tea, coffee,...

    Saltaire: The Company Dining Hall was available for staff of Salts Mill to bring their own food, have it cooked, they could purchase tea, coffee, a bowl of soup or a plate of meat. A passage leads under the road from the Salts Mill yard into the Company Dining Hall. The buildings of Salts Mill were all built from the same local stone.

  3. Saltaire, a Victorian model village - Saltaire: The Congregational Church, nowadays the Saltaire United Reformed Church, was built in 1858-1859. The mausoleum (at the right side of the...

    Saltaire: The Congregational Church, nowadays the Saltaire United Reformed Church, was built in 1858-1859. The mausoleum (at the right side of the church) is the final resting place of Titus Salt. The original six bells of the tower were removed and melted down for munitions in 1933. The tower now houses a new peal of six bells, cast by Eijsbouts in the Netherlands. The new bells carry the biblical names Mary, Peter, Lydia, Jonathan, Martha and Titus.

  4. Saltaire, a Victorian model village - The Victorian model village of Saltaire: The village houses in Victoria Terrace, situated near the Saltaire United Reformed Church. Behind...

    The Victorian model village of Saltaire: The village houses in Victoria Terrace, situated near the Saltaire United Reformed Church. Behind the houses stands the tall chimney of the New Mill. The chimney is based on the Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice. Saltaire has remained largely unchanged since Victorian times.

  5. Saltaire, a Victorian model village - Saltaire: The Head Office of the Salts Mill along Victoria road was built in the Italianate style, a popular architectural style in the 19th...

    Saltaire: The Head Office of the Salts Mill along Victoria road was built in the Italianate style, a popular architectural style in the 19th century. Most of the factory buildings in Saltaire were built in this style. Today, the Salts Mill houses shops and the 1853 Gallery, a collection of art made by David Hockney, who was born in the nearby town of Bradford.

  6. Saltaire, a Victorian model village - The Victorian model village of Saltaire: A row of small 19th century workers' houses. Saltaire was built in 1851-1876 as a...

    The Victorian model village of Saltaire: A row of small 19th century workers' houses. Saltaire was built in 1851-1876 as a model village. Saltaire was founded by the successful businessman and politician Titus Salt, he realized an ideal workers' village nearby his textile factory. The workers were provided with homes, gardens and all necessary local services.

  7. Saltaire, a Victorian model village - Saltaire: A row of 19th century workers' houses, in the background the tower of the Saltaire United Reformed Church. The houses of Saltaire...

    Saltaire: A row of 19th century workers' houses, in the background the tower of the Saltaire United Reformed Church. The houses of Saltaire were provided with running water and indoor water closets. Gas was supplied for heating and lighting. Saltaire is not only a monument, it is an UNESCO World Heritage where people live and work. Saltaire a well preserved Victorian village.

  8. Saltaire, a Victorian model village - The Victorian model village of Saltaire: The 19th century workers' houses. Saltaire was founded by Titus Salt, the village was built in...

    The Victorian model village of Saltaire: The 19th century workers' houses. Saltaire was founded by Titus Salt, the village was built in 1851-1876. Titus Salt realized his model village nearby his textile factory. His workers were provided with homes, flower gardens and vegetable gardens, and all necessary local services, school, a library, town hall and almshouses for the elderly.

  9. Saltaire, a Victorian model village - Saltaire: Originally the Salt Grammar School, now part of Saltaire Shipley College. The school is on Victoria Road, opposite the Victoria Hall....

    Saltaire: Originally the Salt Grammar School, now part of Saltaire Shipley College. The school is on Victoria Road, opposite the Victoria Hall. The school was provided with central heating and gas lights. There is also a large playground at the rear of the building. The school was opened in 1868. The school was divided in two sections, one for the boys and one for the girls.

  10. Saltaire, a Victorian model village - Workers' village Saltaire: The Victoria Hall was built in the Italianate style and completed in 1871. The Victoria Hall or Saltaire Club &...

    Workers' village Saltaire: The Victoria Hall was built in the Italianate style and completed in 1871. The Victoria Hall or Saltaire Club & Institute was erected for the benefit of the community, it was both a social club and an educational institute, there was a reading room, a library, a room with billiard tables and an art school. Now, it houses the Reed Organ museum and local clubs.

  11. Saltaire, a Victorian model village - Saltaire Hospital is situated next to the almshouses. Saltaire Hospital was built in 1868, when it opened, it had six beds. The hospital was...

    Saltaire Hospital is situated next to the almshouses. Saltaire Hospital was built in 1868, when it opened, it had six beds. The hospital was enlarged in 1908 and again in 1925. At first, Saltaire Hospital was a casualty ward for accidents at the Salts Mill but developed into a cottage hospital for the whole community. It was converted into flats in 2001.

  12. Saltaire, a Victorian model village - Saltaire: Shops along Saltaire Road. The first row of shops was completed on Victora Road in 1854, including a post office. There were no pubs...

    Saltaire: Shops along Saltaire Road. The first row of shops was completed on Victora Road in 1854, including a post office. There were no pubs built in Saltaire, according to Titus Salt, pubs had a bad influence. Saltaire the gained status as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. The workers village Saltaire is a village where people live and work.