living advent calendar
2013 saw the 8th annual “living advent calendar”.
Each night from the 1st December one of the houses in the village of Saltaire, would display a festive window design, lit up for Christmas.
Every night from 6pm until 10.30pm a new house would light up their window until all 24 were lit on Christmas eve.
From Christmas eve until January 5th all the window were lit each night.
A map was available to know which windows were part of the display.
The Salt family mausoleum is situated at the side of Saltaire congregational church. It was built after the church was completed in 1860. Various members of the Salt family are buried here including Sir Titus and his wife Caroline.
UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
Saltaire church is a grade I listed building. Titus Salt’s wife Caroline laid the foundation stone for the church on 27th September 1856. The opening of the church took place on the 13th April 1859. This is one of the most beautiful buildings in Saltaire. The front of the church has a ornate tower supported by six Corinthian columns. The church holds 600 people.
Saltswalks - Guided Walk of Saltaire
The owner of our weekend accommodation recommended that we joined this walk 'to learn about Saltaire and it's history'.
I do enjoy guided walks by locals, and Phil was up for it.
We headed to the Tourist Information Office in time to join the walk, handed over £4 each to Marie (under 12's £3) who handed us a laminated ticket/bookmark. I glanced at it, then put it away in my bag. I had noticed that there was some information about Ann Wood (1871....aged 33, married, Born Harewood, and some more info.
All became clear during our guides intro spiel - after finding out where we were all from, we were told that the walk was inspired by the Saltaire villagers from the 1871 census. Much research had been done into these locals, and We were all going to find out about 'ourselves' and where we lived etc...So I was to be Ann Wood, and Phil was Soah Snort - a 34 year old unmarried Clerk who lived at 9 William Henry St with his parents and 16 year old niece. Good enough but, Ann was near enough aristocracy - a second cousin to the Earl of Harewood, she lived at Albert Villa and her friend Amelia was Titus Salts daughter.
After an in depth, but humerous description of Titus and the founding of Saltaire and life in the town and mills (not for the squeamish!) we moved onto the Congregational Church and Titus Salts family Mausoleum, before heading to other sites of the town, learning about the different styles of streets and houses - looking at windows and doors that indicated the owners status, window taxes, wash houses, knocker uppers and more besides........... Pi$$ takers and $hit- stirrers for example - did you realise that the urine of red heads was especially prized? Yes, Marie certainly had a wealth of information!
As we reached each new street, those of us who 'lived there' learnt more about 'their life' in Saltaire - The type of work they did/size of family etc.
Finishing the walk at the Victoria Hall, The past 2 hours had flown by!
Well recommended! Plenty of interaction with the group and an interesting way to bring the town and this era 'to life'.
Money raised from these walks have helped purchase the church carpet, and the replacing of the street signs from the black lettering on white plaques to the traditional blue and white signs seen around the village.
Walks Saturday/Sunday/Bank Holidays 1400 from Visitor Centre (subject to 4 people turning up)
Group Bookings anytime by appointment.
Group Walks - the guides wear costume.
- Historical Travel
- Budget Travel
Leeds & Liverpool Canal
The Leeds & Liverpool Canal runs through Saltaire and built during the 18th Century and further extended in the 19th Century. Titus Salt commissioned for the Salts Mills to be adjacent to the canal for the transportation of textiles to and from the busy ports on the coast particularly Liverpool.
To learn more about the Leeds & Liverpool Canal please click onto the following links:
Canal River Trust
Leeds and Liverpool Canal Society
- Historical Travel
Salts Mill & 1853 Gallery
The Salts textile Mills opened in 1853 and closed when the textile industry declined during the 20th Century. It was subsequently bought by Jonathan Silver (1949-1997), an entrepreneur, who created the 1853 gallery, and successful regeneration of the Mills space took place.
Today the Salts Mill has been converted in business units including Bradford Primary Care Trust (NHS); shops; cafes/restaurants and the 1853 Gallery where the Bradford artist, David Hockney, usually holds exhibitions. I thoroughly enjoyed browsing and having a drink in one of the cafes there and being inside an old mill. A new Visitors Information Centre has recently opened at the front of the mill. The Salts Mill opens seven days a week usually from 10.00am to 6.00pm (please check the website for further information).
In August 2012 my friend and I visited Hockney's '25 trees and other pictures' exhibition at Salt Mills. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting the exhibition. You can learn about about David Hockey via this link.
A place where you can plan an afternoon escape!
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
Saltaire Congregational Church
This listed church was built in 1859 by Sir Titus Salt for catering his workers' spiritual needs. This congregational church was very popular among the mill workers and subsequently became the United Reform Church in 1972 where the Congregational Church joined up with the Presbyterian Church.
The church has recently been restored to its former glory and you can read more about the building via this link
We didn't have an opportunity to visit inside as a wedding was just about scheduled that afternoon.
- Historical Travel
- Religious Travel
Exploring The Model Village
The village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was founded by Sir Titus Salt, a textile entrepeur, in the 19th Century Salt was appalled by the conditions the workers worked and lived in and decided to build the village to house workers for his mill. As well as the textile mills, the village had a church, the Victoria Hall, a school, various housing catering for the workers, and a park where the workers can enjoy.
Today, you can still see the a lot of the architecture especially in the public buildings such as The Victoria Hall, Hospital and the almhouses. A lot of the properties are privately owned and some of the public buildings are owned by the local Council. The Salt's Mill today of offices, shops, exhibitions and cafes.
It's nice wandering around the village although it's residential these days but there are shops and cafes on the main street and Roberts Park to enjoy! You can enjoy walks by the Leeds and Liverpool Canal and the River Aire.
You can read more about Saltaire
- Historical Travel
When it was first built in 1853 the mill employed 3000 workers, and was one of the most advanced mills in the country. Since the decline of the mill trade, Salt's Mill has been preserved mainly thanks to the work of the Silver family. It now houses the David Hockney photographic museum, a bookshop, a homeshop and a couple of eating places.
This is New Mill. I've never quite figured out what this is now. It was once a mill, or part of Salt's Mill maybe, but is now occupied by the North Bradford Primary Care Trust (NHS) - so it's either a hospital or an administration block. Whatever, it's a lovely building and is just across the canal from Salt's Mill.
Inside Salt's Mill
Inside Salt's Mill the main floor is just like one, big cavernous interior. It''s split in half by the restauarnt area so at one end is the bookshop, at the other is the homeshop and in between is the restaurant. It also houses David Hockney's photographic museum.
Enjoy the Cricket or free music in the park.
Roberts Park (next to the canal across from Saltaire church) hosts regular cricket matches and free music concerts throughout the summer (Sundays). Check the web: http://www.saltairevillage.info/saltaire_friends_robertspark_0002.html for details of concerts. When matches / concerts take place the Half-moon cafe (located under the statue of Sir Titus - see picture) serves light refreshments (tea, coffee, sandwiches and small cakes) for a small charge with a few tables and chairs outside so that you can enjoy watching the match/concert. Nice and relaxing on a summer's evening! The cafe at present is very basic, but the park has recently received funding for restoration purposes and I have been told that the cafe is due to be refurbished.
- Family Travel
The Leeds-Liverpool Canal runs right through Saltaire. You can walk it in either direction, though if you go to the right (as you face down Victoria Road) you will end up in Shipley, which is not the most attractive walk you can do. Go the other way instead and you will pass through pleasant countryside and eventually come to the Bingley 5 Rise Locks, which I show in my Bingley page.
Saltaire Festival takes place in mid-September and spans two consecutive weekends. It's best to check the Internet for exact dates each year.
There are street markets, musicians, dancers and other events going on throughout the weekends as well as a beer festival which takes place in The Victoria Institute.
Standing directly opposite the Victoria Institute is Shipley College. This is a modern day college offerning a variety of course to old and young alike. In Salt's day this was a dining hall for the workers of the village.