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A beautiful snowy Saltaire. ... See MoreSee Less

Across the Bradford area there are little known and hidden gems of public art. William George Mitchell (1925-2020) was a celebrated sculptor, artist and designer. His Grade II Listed ‘Story of Wool’ can be seen for free in Valley Drive, Ilkley and next time you nearly pass by Kirkgate Market in Bradford, look up to see another of his sculptures.

Hidden in a storage warehouse are 13 panels removed from the old Bradford & Bingley Brutalist HQ depicting local scenes like the Five Rise Lock and the Wool Exchange. If Bradford’s bid to be the 2025 City of Culture is successful, they must surely be placed on display.

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1. 1968 ‘Story of Wool’, Valley Drive, Ilkley.
2. The Mitchell sculpture, Kirkgate Market, Bradford
3. 1967 Grade II* Listed Bronze Door by W G Mitchell, Liverpool RC Cathedral
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Across the Bradford area there are little known and hidden gems of public art.  William George Mitchell (1925-2020) was a celebrated sculptor, artist and designer.  His Grade II Listed ‘Story of Wool’ can be seen for free in Valley Drive, Ilkley and next time you nearly pass by Kirkgate Market in Bradford, look up to see another of his sculptures.

Hidden in a storage warehouse are 13 panels removed from the old Bradford & Bingley Brutalist HQ depicting local scenes like the Five Rise Lock and the Wool Exchange.  If Bradford’s bid to be the 2025 City of Culture is successful, they must surely be placed on display.

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Photographs

1. 1968 ‘Story of Wool’, Valley Drive, Ilkley.
2. The Mitchell sculpture, Kirkgate Market, Bradford
3. 1967 Grade II* Listed Bronze Door by W G Mitchell, Liverpool RC CathedralImage attachmentImage attachment

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Very interesting post! Thank you. Some early discussions have been had about a great new high-profile home for the Bradford&Bingley panels. Watch this space!

Washing lines were a common sight strung across streets all over the West Riding, but were banned in the Macturk Grove Almshouses in Bradford and in Saltaire Village, where there’s a theory that Titus Salt wanted the streets in his village to be bloomers-free. Nearby Shipley folk were free to display undies & all. ... See MoreSee Less

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That Mrs Dooley doesn't seem to mind showing her undies either!

Titus Salt saw to it that his strategically located mill ensured that come whatever wintry weather, the workforce could trudge to work from their homes in Saltaire village or hop on the train from Bradford, Bingley, or Keighley. ... See MoreSee Less

Titus Salt saw to it that his strategically located mill ensured that come whatever wintry weather, the workforce could trudge to work from their homes in Saltaire village or hop on the train from Bradford, Bingley, or Keighley.Image attachmentImage attachment

Edmund Dylan illustrated books by the Bronte & inspired David Hockneys 1969 illustrations of Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grim. Once Upon A Time. ... See MoreSee Less

Edmund Dylan illustrated books by the Bronte & inspired David Hockneys 1969 illustrations of Fairy Tales by the Brothers Grim. Once Upon A Time.Image attachmentImage attachment
Nov 242020
 

Not able to visit Saltaire? Be sure to check out our series of short videos, to be informed and entertained until visits resume to Saltaire World Heritage Site. Beginning with this trailer. Tap into a taster of things to come.  

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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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Aug 172016
 

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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Apr 222016
 
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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May 012015
 
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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