SE1437 : The Rear Yard at Salts Mill

taken 4 years ago, near to Saltaire, Bradford, Great Britain

The Rear Yard at Salts Mill
The Rear Yard at Salts Mill
Salts (or Saltís)* Mill is at the heart of Saltaire village; it was built 1851-53 for Titus Salt by local architects Henry Lockwood and Richard Mawson. When it opened in 1853, it 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 .

Salts Mill chimney is separately listed grade II (English Heritage Building ID: 337549 LinkExternal link British Listed Buildings). It was 250 feet high with a decorative campanile but the campanile was removed for safety reasons.

The mill closed in 1986, with renovation beginning the following year. It 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.

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

* The spellings Salts Mill and Salt's Mill (that is, 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.
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Date Taken
Wednesday, 25 March, 2015   (more nearby)
Saturday, 28 March, 2015
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Village, Rural settlement  Industry 
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Panasonic DMC-G3 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SE 141 379 [100m precision]
WGS84: 53:50.2513N 1:47.1693W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SE 142 379
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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