Bradford Mill owner Sir Titus Salt, left the stench of Bradford and moved his mills to a ‘greenfield site, 4 miles north of Bradford. The first building he created was the mill,
Sir Titus Salt laid his village out on a grid-like system like the new American cities of Chicago and New York. He made sure it was built in a military style with larger houses on the ends and in the middle so that it could be self-policing. Order reigned supreme in his village. Every one lived next door to the gaffer, the manager, the teacher, the head teacher. This was to ensure he never had any problems.
The houses were built on very wide streets for the time. Every house had its own water supply inside the house, its own toilet in the back yard and the houses were lit by gas, which Sir Titus Salt manufactured in his gas works on the other side of the river Aire. Interestingly, as fast as Sir Titus Salt brought people in they moved out even more quickly. Why? Come on a guided walk or book a talk and find out more.
Saltaire is not a museum. It is a living, breathing, exciting and vibrant place to visit, live and work in. It has a lifeblood coursing through it, consisting of its industry, commerce, education establishments, shops, housing and the desire of its residents to develop a sense of community here.
Other model villages are preserved in the formaldehyde of grants and subsidies. Saltaire has to work hard at staying alive, adapting and developing in the modern world.
Saltaire today is part of the Bradford Metropolitan District and is open and welcomes visitors, 365 days a year
Please respect the residents, by not peaking through windows and park carefully.