Dec 232014

Denys Salt

” A really sad beginning  to Christmas week;  it is with grief, sorrow and deep sadness that we have to report the death of our beloved first Patron Denys Salt great grandson of Sir Titus Salt who died early on Sunday morning.  21st December 2014

Even at 96 Denys, was bright, with a sharp alert mind, a remarkable man, who never ceased to surprise us with his detailed memory of people places and events.  He encouraged the learning of the history of Saltaire and his family for more than 50 years and was totally supportive of all groups, businesses and individuals who loved and enhanced life in Saltaire.

I was honoured and privileged enough to first meet him when he walked into Anne & Rogers Healds Saltaire Tourist Information & Gift Centre in April 1996 and promptly bought out every item that had Saltaire written on it, to give to his relatives as presents and continued to do so for many years to come.


He has been 100 per cent, behind and supportive of Salts Walks & Talks ever since and supplied many wonderful Salt family stories and anecdotes, and fully participated in the life of Saltaire. We will all miss his many wonderful telephone calls, letters, cards and emails. He was always so encouraging and positive and was fully engaged with all groups and individuals involved in promoting Saltaire founded by his Great Grandfather Sir Titus Salt. Denys you will be sorely missed, but we thank you for helping us all keep Saltaire alive and will never forget the great honour you bestowed on us by becoming the first Patron of Salts Walks and Talks we will ensure that you will never be forgotten.



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Oct 152014
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Aug 062014
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Feb 012014
Great War Experience

First World war poster

Dear Residents and all folks interested in the history of Saltaire

100 years ago on 4 August 1914, Britain entered the First World War.

Saltaire folk suffered greatly in the period 1914 – 1918.  Every street in Saltaire had close associations with young men who were killed and wounded and with survivors who suffered great deprivations.  Everyday life in the village was affected.

These events will be commemorated in Saltaire and in neighbouring communities.

In the coming months there will be meetings to which all will be invited and to bring memorabilia or information that will add to our knowledge of Saltaire in World War 1.

Here are some of the planned events for our Great War Experience Season:

A trail following in the footsteps of those people who lived in Saltaire. Their homes will be identi- fied by a poppy wreath crafted by the Saltaire Womens Institute.

A Drama walk ‘Not About Heroes’ (the survivors tour) written by local dramatist Hattie Townsend, which will be performed during the Saltaire Festival in September.

Musical events arranged by local musician Eddie Lawler. An authentic 1914 Music Hall in October 2014

Would you like to be involved or have you got information about your home or family between 1914 – 1918? We would love to hear from you.

Thank you for your time in reading this letter

  Maria Glot Hattie Townsend
  for Salts Walks & Talks for Drama Walks

email: or phone 01274 599887 or 07801449105;

or complete the form below.

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1500 letters have been posted through the residents doors in Saltaire, I and the Salts Walkers have so enjoyed meeting residents  whilst delivering them and the response to the First World War promotion has so far been tremendous. This is going to be a wonderful promotion and will generate a lot of pride in this wonderful World Heritage village. Maria

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Oct 262013

Salts Walks were recently invited to assist Titus Salt School with a project on dyeing. I was very impressed by this school initiative which was the brainchild of Heather Graham, Creative and Community Projects Manager and Claire Welles-Smith from the Fabric of Bradford Project, founded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and based at HIVE in Shipley.  Our task was to give students some idea of the dyeing process at Salts Mill during Titus Salt’s lifetime, and to show them around the village. Continue reading »

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