SE1438 : Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Saltaire Mills

taken 7 years ago, near to Saltaire, Bradford, Great Britain

Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Saltaire Mills
Leeds and Liverpool Canal, Saltaire Mills
The large building on the southern bank of the canal (left as we are looking at it here) is Salts (or Salt’s)* Mill at the heart of Saltaire Village World Heritage Site which was built 1851-53. The building opposite is the north block or “new mill”, added in 1868. Both were designed in Italianate style by local architects Henry Lockwood and Richard Mawson for Titus Salt. A covered walkway connected the two mills.

When it opened in 1853, Salts Mill was the largest industrial building in the world by total floor area and employed approximately 3000 workers. It was one of the most modern in Europe and boasted many features such as improved smoke burners, flues to remove dust and dirt and incorporating noisy machinery in the lower levels to suppress the noise. The factory in full production had 1200 looms and could produce over 30000 yards of cloth a day LinkExternal link .

The mills closed in 1986, with renovation beginning the following year. Salts Mill now houses a mixture of business, commerce, leisure including several large rooms given over to the works of the Bradford-born artist David Hockney , shops, restaurants and cafes. It is also home to microelectronics manufacturer Pace. New Mill is now divided between offices for the local National Health Service Trusts and residential apartments.

Salts Mill is a grade II* listed building (English Heritage Building ID: 337546 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings). New Mill is a grade II listed building (English Heritage Building ID: 337547 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings).

* The spellings Salts Mill and Salt's Mill (ie. with and without an apostrophe) are both commonly used. The former is used consistently by the Salts Mill website LinkExternal link and the Saltaire Village website LinkExternal link ; the latter by Visit Bradford from the official Bradford Tourist Information service LinkExternal link .
Saltaire Village, World Heritage Site :: SE1337

Saltaire is a Victorian model village on the outskirts of Bradford, by the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal The village takes its name from Titus Salt, a Victorian textile magnate and philanthropist who built a mill and a village to house his workers.

In December 2001, Saltaire was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO (LinkExternal link for a site plan of Saltaire showing the overall layout and the boundaries of the UNESCO World Heritage Site). The vast majority of buildings in the village have been individually designated as listed buildings by English Heritage.

Leeds and Liverpool Canal :: SD8842

The Leeds and Liverpool Canal is the longest canal in Northern England at 127 miles long. The first of the trans-Pennine canals it took 46 years to build at a cost of five times the original budget, mainly because of the length and complexity of the route. It passes through 91 locks with a summit level of 487 feet at Foulridge near Nelson and Colne. It was originally conceived in the 18th century to carry woollen goods from Leeds and Bradford and limestone from Skipton but in its 19th century heyday it carried stone, coal and many other goods. The impact of the railways was not as great as with other canals and commercial traffic continued along the main canal until 1964. Regular work stopped in 1972 when the movement of coal to Wigan Power Station ceased. In the latter part of the 20th century the leisure potential of the canal was developed and it is now a popular destination for cruising, fishing, walking and cycling. See LinkExternal link for detailed information.

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Date Taken
Wednesday, 25 March, 2015   (more nearby)
Saturday, 28 March, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Paths  Village, Rural settlement  Industry  Canals 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
Canal (from Tags)
Leeds and Liverpool 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 140 381 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:50.3594N 1:47.3055W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 140 381
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