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The Letter from the Prime Minister to Titus Salt

Unexpected correspondence from W E Gladstone informed Titus Salt that Queen Victoria was offering him a baronetcy. Titus talked it over with friends, some of whom felt he deserved a higher honour and suggested he should turn it down.

If he did would he get another, better offer? Surely Her Maj would not be amused? Titus mulled it over. Perhaps the fact that his health hadn’t been perfect for sometime affected his thinking. After all, that was the reason for resigning as an MP eight years earlier. A baronet is an hereditary title, higher than a knighthood although not a peerage, but it would be inherited by his male descendants.

On this day 1869, he became Sir Titus Salt of Saltaire & Crow Nest (his beloved home in Lighthouse, near Halifax). Sir Patrick MacDonnell Salt born in 1932 is currently the 7th Baronet, so it was a wise decision.

Congratulations Titus!

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1. Sir Titus Salt
2. 1869 Letter from Prime Minister Gladstone to Mr Salt
3. The Salt Coat of Arms
4. Titus was a descendant of Lot’s wife – claim by the New York Tribune
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Dorothy Burrows – The Legend

Her 1985 publication helped kickstart the renaissance of Saltaire, placing it back on the map and towards UNESCO World Heritage status. Respected, unassuming Yorkshire photographer, Dorothy Burrows is also famous for her book and images of Shipley, for keeping alive memories of the charming old market town.

Always with a camera slung over her shoulder, Dorothy has been a familiar figure. Her early years were spent in Easingwold where she attended the convent school until her family moved to East Bierley. Dorothy qualified as a pharmacist in Edinburgh and worked for many years in the chemist on Gordon Terrace, in the days when you had to take your films to be processed.

Whether that sparked a lifelong interest in photography, who knows, but Dorothy was a founder member in the 1950s of the Bingley Camera Club and has shared images captured on her many travels at popular slide shows.

When she retired, Dorothy gave Anne Heald at Saltaire’s original Visitor Information Centre many photographs and told her to use them as she wished; just one example of her customary generosity.

Recently reminded that Dorothy’s books included two about Bingley and Baildon, which are now collectors’ items, I realised that I hadn’t seen her for a couple of years. A quick Google search revealed that just last month she gave a slide presentation on “Old Yorkshire” to the Normanton Camera Club. If my calculations are correct, Dorothy is now in her nineties. A legend.

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1. Dorothy Burrows.
2. Millhands, mostly women, at Salts Mill by DB.
3. The Salts Mill weaving shed by DB.
4. Gordon Terrace, Saltaire.
5. The convent, Easingwold.
6. A DB note.
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Lovely lady, my brother was best mates with her son, plus my gran was a cloth passer/burlers/mender at Salts Mill.x

What the Dickens ..… “terribly ill” Charles in the Saltaire Infirmary

“Mr Dickens toured the hospital when he visited two years ago….”. This intriguing quotation is from an account of Salts Hospital unearthed by local historian Roger Clarke. As well as information about the facilities and numbers of patients, the author described Charles Dickens and his very positive views about the hospital regime.

However, this record was unsigned and unattributed and until now it hasn’t been publicised. So this is actually a world exclusive.

Charles Dickens’ reading of A Christmas Carol in St George’s Hall, Bradford in 1854 is well-documented and he visited Saltaire the same year. This later unsourced report, which has been gathering dust, concluded with: “Tragically, Mr Dickens died shortly after his visit to us”; that was on June 9 1870, he was 58 years of age.

Coincidentally, not long before his death, Victoria Hall secured Dickens for a future booking, which he failed to keep through no fault of his own.

Acknowledgements
• Roger Clarke
• Alan Cattell – Forgotten Moments from History 2011

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1. The ward in Salts Hospital, opened 1868
2. Charles Dickens’ Christmas magazine
3. Charles Dickens
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What the Dickens ..… “terribly ill” Charles in the Saltaire Infirmary

“Mr Dickens toured the hospital when he visited two years ago….”.  This intriguing quotation is from an account of Salts Hospital unearthed by local historian Roger Clarke.  As well as information about the facilities and numbers of patients, the author described Charles Dickens and his very positive views about the hospital regime.

However, this record was unsigned and unattributed and until now it hasn’t been publicised.  So this is actually a world exclusive.

Charles Dickens’ reading of A Christmas Carol in St George’s Hall, Bradford in 1854 is well-documented and he visited Saltaire the same year.  This later unsourced report, which has been gathering dust, concluded with: “Tragically, Mr Dickens died shortly after his visit to us”; that was on June 9 1870, he was 58 years of age.

Coincidentally, not long before his death, Victoria Hall secured Dickens for a future booking, which he failed to keep through no fault of his own.

Acknowledgements
• Roger Clarke
• Alan Cattell – Forgotten Moments from History 2011

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1. The ward in Salts Hospital, opened 1868
2. Charles Dickens’ Christmas magazine
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Hidden History in Albert Terrace, Saltaire

Ever wondered what was inside number 4 Albert Terrace in 1854? In the year after Titus Salt officially opened the mill, this was where he provided the first library for his tenants and workers. Eventually, the Institute opened in 1871 and housed the lending library and a large reference section.

If reading wasn’t your preference, there was a gym, rifle drill room and a billiards room. Now known as Victoria Hall, the building is Grade II* Listed.

Although Titus professed to have little if any time for reading, he was a member of the Leeds Philosophical & Literary Society and clearly valued it, as evidenced by this benevolence.

The Saltaire Library closed in 1993.

#LibrariesWeek2019

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1. The site of Saltaire’s first library - 4 Albert Terrace
2. Saltaire Lending Library, The Institute
3. Gents browsing
4. Saltaire Library Reference Section
5. Victoria Hall, from the 1919 Shipley Town Guide
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Such memories. As a child I couldn't walk far so mum & dad would sit me in a corner for hours whilst I read & read particularly Cat in a hat series, Enid Blyton & Famous Five ❤️

Find memories if going to the library, not in Albert terrace though lol

I remember the library being like that in the early 1970s. My dad used to take me to renew "Noggin The Nog and the Moon Mouse".

Crazed Son-in Law Stabs Titus Salt’s Father

Daniel Salt, respectable and retired wool stapler, businessman and politician, was attacked in his home in on this day 1840 by his daughter Grace’s husband.

Grace, aged 28 at the time of the incident, had married Charles Smithies just three years earlier in St Peter’s, Bradford, now Bradford Cathedral. Charles was a worsted spinner who declared bankruptcy in 1840. Grace left him and went back to live with her parents. Subsequent events were to vindicate the Salts’ decision to support their daughter abandoning the marital home with her children.

On 1st October 1840, Charles Smithies attempted to stab Daniel several times with the intention of maiming him. He left Daniel with injuries to his left ear, was arrested and committed to the Assizes at York for trial.

It would appear that Grace did not reconcile with her husband who died in Wolverhampton aged 54 in 1867. Grace lived to 1873 when her worldly goods amounted to less than £300, under £1,500 at today’s rates.

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1. Daniel Salt
2. Manningham Lane Bradford, oozing elegance and wealth
3. York Assizes
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Crazed Son-in Law Stabs Titus Salt’s Father

Daniel Salt, respectable and retired wool stapler, businessman and politician, was attacked in his home in on this day 1840 by his daughter Grace’s husband.

Grace, aged 28 at the time of the incident, had married Charles Smithies just three years earlier in St Peter’s, Bradford, now Bradford Cathedral.  Charles was a worsted spinner who declared bankruptcy in 1840.  Grace left him and went back to live with her parents.  Subsequent events were to vindicate the Salts’ decision to support their daughter abandoning the marital home with her children.

On 1st October 1840, Charles Smithies attempted to stab Daniel several times with the intention of maiming him.  He left Daniel with injuries to his left ear, was arrested and committed to the Assizes at York for trial.

It would appear that Grace did not reconcile with her husband who died in Wolverhampton aged 54 in 1867.  Grace lived to 1873 when her worldly goods amounted to less than £300, under £1,500 at today’s rates.

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1. Daniel Salt
2. Manningham Lane Bradford, oozing elegance and wealth
3. York AssizesImage attachmentImage attachment
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By Order of Sir Titus Salt Bart Throughout the village, cleanliness, cheerfulness, and order must reign supreme. Only persons who are good, obedient, honest and hardworking will be allocated a house in each village. Anyone caught in a state of inebriation will immediately be evicted.

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