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Saltaire - a village named after the millowner who built it.
the mill seen from across the river
Salts Mill
Ever fancied having a whole town or city named after you? Well, that's exactly what happened to Victorian philanthropist and millowner Sir Titus Salt (1803-1876) in the mid-1800s right here in Bradford. But, he DID have to build the place first..!
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How to get to Saltaire!

By car:
Four miles North of Bradford city centre, just follow the signs!

By rail:
Saltaire station is just three stops and a few minutes down the Airedale line from Bradford Forster Square railway station (in the city centre). Tickets cost no more than around a couple of pounds.

By bus:
Regular 662 Keighley and District service from Bradford Interchange

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Ever fancied having a whole town or city named after you? Well, that's exactly what happened to Victorian philanthropist and millowner Sir Titus Salt (1803-1876) in the mid-1800s right here in Bradford.

But, he DID have to build the place first..!

His thinking was sound: After all, if you're wanting your workers to turn up at the factory on time without fail every day, the best way to achieve this must surely be to build their homes outside the mill's front door!

statue of Sir Titus Salt
Sir Titus Salt's statue in Roberts Park

So, with that thought in mind by the early 1870s Sir Titus had a workforce literally living on his doorstep.

And, as a side-effect the fact that he had built the Victorian era's best-known 'model village' also meant that his reputation as a benefactor and an all-round nice chap must certainly have been enhanced.

Nearly a century and a half after the famous terraced streets were completed, Saltaire is still very much in existence and the houses are as sought-after now as they must ever have been.

And, in what must be a final symbol of just how special Saltaire is, it has now been awarded UNESCO World Heritage status which puts it in the same league as the Taj Mahal, the Grand Canyon, the Pyramids and many other global landmarks!

Clearly, whatever Sir Titus' motives were - financial, philanthropic or both - his memory lives on even into the 21st century!


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