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Shooting in Victoria Hall, Saltaire. Amputation performed.

It is inconceivable that a real, loaded gun would be used as a prop in a play, but this is exactly what happened in May 1893 and not in the Wild West but in West Yorkshire.

The star suffered a gruesome injury and was treated at the 1868 Grade II Listed Saltaire Hospital.

Was this really an accident? Someone put that bullet in the barrel.

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Shooting in Victoria Hall, Saltaire.  Amputation performed.

It is inconceivable that a real, loaded gun would be used as a prop in a play, but this is exactly what happened in May 1893 and not in the Wild West but in West Yorkshire.

The star suffered a gruesome injury and was treated at the 1868 Grade II Listed Saltaire Hospital.

Was this really an accident?  Someone put that bullet in the barrel.

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A Rare Photograph by Titus Salt’s Son, George

Photography was still in its infancy when George Salt took this photo-galvanograph of the bust of Titus Salt, presented to his father by the Saltaire workforce in 1856 on his 53rd birthday. This particular process had been invented just two years earlier.

George was born in Bradford in 1833 and became known for his socialising, including organising the Bradford Bachelors’ Ball and hosting games and parties on his yacht at Scarborough. He married aged 52 to Jenny Fresco, who was 18 years his junior.

Their last home was the 1850 Hermitage in East Molesey, near Hampton Court. George died in May 1913 aged 80 and was buried in Teddington Cemetery.

The now damaged marble bust of Titus Salt resides in the Grade I Listed United Reformed Church in Saltaire.

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1. George Salt’s photo of the Bust of Titus Salt by Thomas Milnes in Carrara marble.
2. The Hermitage, East Molesey, Surrey.
3. The rear of the Hermitage.
4. Memorial stone in Teddington Cemetery.
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The Sinking of RMS Lusitania - A Saltaire Family’s Grief

Joseph and Hannah Exley had two sons and a daughter Ida, and lived in Saltaire where Joseph was a woolsorter at Salts Mill. Their last address in Saltaire before they emigrated to Massachusetts in 1910 was 3, Upper School Street.

In May 1915, 19 year old Ida was a second class passenger on the Lusitania sailing to Liverpool where her fiancé would be waiting for her. The marriage to Harry Taylor of 425 Tong Street, Dudley Hill, Bradford was due to take place a couple of days after Ida landed.

It was not to be. The Lusitania was torpedoed by a u-boat off the coast of Ireland on 7 May 1915. Ida’s body and luggage were never found. She was one of almost 1,200 whose lives were lost. The family is said never to have recovered from the disaster of her death.

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1. RMS Lusitania
2. Ida Exley
3. Tong Street, Dudley Hill.
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The Sinking of RMS Lusitania - A Saltaire Family’s Grief

Joseph and Hannah Exley had two sons and a daughter Ida, and lived in Saltaire where Joseph was a woolsorter at Salts Mill.  Their last address in Saltaire before they emigrated to Massachusetts in 1910 was 3, Upper School Street.

In May 1915, 19 year old Ida was a second class passenger on the Lusitania sailing to Liverpool where her fiancé would be waiting for her.  The marriage to Harry Taylor of 425 Tong Street, Dudley Hill, Bradford was due to take place a couple of days after Ida landed.

It was not to be.  The Lusitania was torpedoed by a u-boat off the coast of Ireland on 7 May 1915.  Ida’s body and luggage were never found.  She was one of almost 1,200 whose lives were lost.  The family is said never to have recovered from the disaster of her death.

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1.  RMS Lusitania
2. Ida Exley
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Death & Injury in Titus Salt’s Mill

In 1870, Thomas Baxter was horrendously killed in the spinning room at Saltaire. Victorian mills, like most 19th century factories, were death traps and Salts Mill had its fair share of serious accidents and fatalities. If records were kept they have yet to be made public but local newspapers are invaluable if incomplete sources of information. Here are some that we know about:-

1859 Mr Pellington, a millhand, died in a fall in the engine room.
1860 Jimmy Dewhirst 50, was killed in the dyehouse when his coat became entangled in a machine.
1867 Abraham Blythe 20, was killed whilst cleaning a carding machine.
1870 Thomas Baxter 31, was dismembered whilst putting a belt on a machine in motion.
1889 The floor of the dining hall fell in during alterations. One workman was dead, one was fatally injured and two were badly hurt.
1907 Petite spinner Ada Fieldhouse 22, lost her right arm in an accident at her machine.

Inquests were held in public houses such as the Royal Oak on Otley Road and the Rosse, Bingley Road. The verdict was invariably “Accidental Death”. In Jimmy Dewhirst’s case the report also stated, “No blame is attached to anyone but the unfortunate deceased”.

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And this is why we have Health & Safety and hard won worker rights protection!

1,000 from Leeds visit Shipley Glen on Easter Monday

The year was 1881 and the Leeds Mercury reported on the number of day trippers taking horse-drawn trams to Saltaire for a day on Shipley Glen. This was where Tom Hartley built the Japanese Gardens, a popular 1880s attraction until sold to developers in the 1970s.

This Easter weekend also saw crowds in Roberts Park for the World Heritage celebrations and families heading toward the Shipley Glen Tramway to visit the ancient beauty spot.

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1. Trams on Briggate, Leeds
2. Youths on Shipley Glen, Easter 1912
3. Traipsing up Prod Lane to the Glen
4. Posing in the Japanese Gardens.

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Aug 172016
 
Great Canal Journeys - Saltaire - With Timothy West & Prunella Scales

This Channel 4 programme featuring Saltaire, located on the Leeds Liverpool canal is expected to be broadcast this autumn (2016). UPDATE – Bit earlier than we expected – it was broadcast 31st August 2016 on Channel 4. Link at the bottom of the page. In May Saltaire tour guide and historian Maria Glot was delighted …[Click Here To Read More]

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Some of the barges and the boat people that navigated the Leeds Liverpool canal during the time of Titus Salt. 1861 Name of Boat 1. Hoboara – The Industry Of Shipley….. Occupants:  Joseph Illingworth, married aged 34 years – master of canal barge, born in Holbeck, Leeds Thomas Mason, unmarried aged 35  – mate on canal barge, …[Click Here To Read More]

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SALTS WALKS & TALKS MAKING HISTORY FOR 20 YEARS

Saltaire’s favourite historian, Clive Woods, and Maria Glot guided for the first time as “Salts Walks” on 10 April 1996 from Anne and Roger Heald’s Saltaire Gift & Visitor Centre on Victoria Road. This inspired venture later became Saltaire’s first networked tourist information centre and ran until 2006. That first guided walk on that Sunday …[Click Here To Read More]

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BBC Countryfile Visit Saltaire

See Maria and Saltaire on Countryfile on BBC1 Sunday 17th May 2015. Watch it Here. The main Saltaire coverage starts 20 minutes in, again after 34.30 and some fantastic archive footage of Shipley Glen and the Tramway from 49 minutes. The Countryfile team came to Saltaire and was entranced by the Rules of the Village. Countryfile …[Click Here To Read More]

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Feb 082015
 

Model Villages with Dates, Founder and Industry. From Fulneck Pudsey Leeds in 1742 to Welwyn Garden City New Town in 1919.   Village Founded Founder Industry  Fulneck Pudsey Leeds 1742  Moravian Settlement  Religion/Education   Cromford Derbyshire  1771  Richard Arkwright 1771-1858   Textiles  Style Cheshire 1784  Strutts & Greg  Textile Mill   New Lanark Scotland  c.1800  Robert Owen 1771-1858  …[Click Here To Read More]

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