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“Historical beauty”
Review of Saltaire Village

Saltaire Village
Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Shipley
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Tavira, Portugal
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209 reviews
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“Historical beauty”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Fantastic heritage site set in Shipley. A great story of one man's vision to build a village for the mill workers, this man being Sir Titus Salt. Beautiful setting, right next to the River Aire. A must visit village for anyone who is even remotely close to this area

Visited August 2014
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“Lovely place to visit”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

Lovely place to visit, nice & clean, plenty of little shops, bars, restaurants, and a lovely park, and right on the canal

Visited August 2014
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Bradford, United Kingdom
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“English heritage village”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Visited Saltaire last weekend with friends from Stockport. From Shipley Glen we took the Tramway down to Roberts Park then over the footbridge to Saltaire Village. This is such a beautiful place with so much history attached - to think one man Titus Salt built a Mill, a Church, aSchool and houses for all his workers in the Mill is quite mind blowing.
The Mill now houses the David Hockney Gallery plus a bookshop, Cafe, Homeware shop and much more.
A must visit place.

Visited August 2014
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Level 5 Contributor
36 reviews
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“A total surprise near Bradford!”
Reviewed 6 August 2014

Saltaire is a Victorian model village within the City of Bradford Metropolitan District, West Yorkshire, England, by the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

Saltaire was founded in 1851 by Sir Titus Salt, a leading industrialist in the Yorkshire woollen industry. The name of the village is a combination of the founder's surname and the name of the river. Salt moved his business (five separate mills) from Bradford to this site near Shipley to arrange his workers and to site his large textile mill by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the railway.

Salt built neat stone houses for his workers (much better than the slums of Bradford), wash-houses with tap water, bath-houses, a hospital and an institute for recreation and education, with a library, a reading room, a concert hall, billiard room, science laboratory and a gymnasium. The village had a school for the children of the workers, almshouses, allotments, a park and a boathouse.

In December 2001, Saltaire was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This means that the government has a duty to protect the site. The buildings belonging to the model village are individually listed, with the highest level of protection given to the Congregational church (since 1972 known as Saltaire United Reformed Church) which is listed grade I.
Salt's Mill closed in February 1986, and Jonathan Silver bought it the following year and began renovating it. Today it houses a mixture of business, commerce, leisure and residential use. In the main mill building are:

The 1853 gallery: several large rooms given over to the works of the Bradford-born artist David Hockney: including paintings, drawings, photomontages and stage sets.

Various shops. In 2006 there are shops selling books, art supplies, jewellery, outdoor wear, antiques, suits, bicycles and housewares; the last includes pieces by internationally known designers such as Alvar Aalto and Philippe Starck.

Restaurants and cafes.

The "New Mill", on the other side of the canal, is divided between offices for the local National Health Service Trusts and residential flats.

Altogether a very enjoyable visit ..... with some culture thrown in!

Visited July 2014
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Bradford, United Kingdon
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“Lovely and Historical”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

A quaint full size model village, lovely quaint shops and nice eateries, try the Boathouse for a delicious lunch or the aptly named don't tell Titus wine bar-brasserie, have a walk down to Roberts Park over the River for a picnic or have an ice cream from the ice cream narrow boat on the canal. There's something for everyone here.

Visited July 2014
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