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Saltaire Infirmary Medical Legends – Content Warning

Titus Salt had an Infirmary built, handy for treating injuries sustained at Salts Mill and for villagers who could afford medical fees. Opened in 1868, the first Head Nurse was Sarah Turner, a Yorkshire woman who worked alongside Dr Samuel Rhind, remembered for his 1867 report, which noted that not all residents emptied dust and ashes into their privies to dampen the stench.

Matron Turner had a little dog that she tucked under one arm as she completed her rounds. Her beloved pet however had a rather macabre reputation as a sort of canine ambulance chaser. The operating theatre was on the top floor and nurses had to carry the debris to the incinerator in the basement. Excited by the contents, the scavenger pursued the buckets down the stairs, gobbling up and running off with spillages whenever he got lucky*.

Sarah Turner lived in the hospital and was Matron until c1884. Unmourned other than by his owner, Jipp’s reincarnation is known to many pupils brought to #Saltaire by their schools for a Salts Walk.

*As told to Maria Glot of Salts Walks by Clive Woods, Local Historian.

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1. Awaiting Matron’s inspection
2. Saltaire Grade II Listed Infirmary, closed in 1979
3. Salts Walks Guide Sheila Lansdell as alter ego Matron Sarah Turner, minus her pup
4. Dr Samuel Rhind
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Titus Salt and Gentleman Jack

Ann Walker was the heiress who lived in lavish Crow Nest, which she left to live with Anne Lister of Shibden Hall, “Gentleman Jack”. The Salts then moved into and rented Crow Nest. It was 1844 and they were to live there for the next fourteen years until the tenancy was ended after Ann Walker died.

Did straight-laced Titus Salt know of the controversial relationship between his landlady and Gentleman Jack? Well everyone else did! And did he meet Anne Lister? If so, the encounter would surely have been described in her detailed journal, which she wrote every day, some four million words in code. All we know is that there’s been no mention yet that they were acquainted, but watch this space.

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Titus Salt and Gentleman Jack

Ann Walker was the heiress who lived in lavish Crow Nest, which she left to live with Anne Lister of Shibden Hall, “Gentleman Jack”.  The Salts then moved into and rented Crow Nest.  It was 1844 and they were to live there for the next fourteen years until the tenancy was ended after Ann Walker died.

Did straight-laced Titus Salt know of the controversial relationship between his landlady and Gentleman Jack?  Well everyone else did!  And did he meet Anne Lister?  If so, the encounter would surely have been described in her detailed journal, which she wrote every day, some four million words in code.  All we know is that there’s been no mention yet that they were acquainted, but watch this space.

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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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