Saltaire Village, World Heritage Site
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Welcome to the Saltaire Village Website
Quick intro to Saltaire
UNESCOSaltaire Village is near Bradford in West Yorkshire, England. It is named after Sir Titus Salt who built a textile mill, known as Salts Mill and this village on the River Aire. Designed by architects, Lockwood and Mawson, Salts Mill was opened on Sir Titus Salt's 50th birthday, 20 September 1853. In December 2001, Saltaire was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

How to get here and what to do
Saltaire is a village where people live. Salts Mill is free to enter and is open every day except Christmas, Boxing day, and New Year's Day.
How to get here, where to park and what to do >

This website is run by volunteers
The Saltaire Village website came online in 2006. It is edited by Flinty Maguire and run with the help of volunteers. Questions, news, opinion, articles and images are welcomed. We include local businesses in our directory free of charge.

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The Saltaire Sentinel is now archived
Saltaire Sentinel, last issue

We lost James Duncan, Editor of The Saltaire Sentinel on 6 January 2018. James was a dear friend and an excellent colleague. The Saltaire Sentinel is published on this website from January 2006 to the last edition, dedicated to James after his death. This edition was edited by James' nephew, Oliver Scruton, and features snippets of the Sentinel over the years, and tributes to James by friends and family. The Saltaire Sentinel captures the way life is lived in Saltaire; it is an authetic body of work that will serve social historians well in the future. The editions are archived in the History zone of this website. You can dip in and enjoy the Saltaire Sentinel any time you wish.

Ann Claire Shaw
Ann ShawOn 11th December 2018, we lost a treasured friend, Ann Claire Shaw. Ann was a co-founder of the Saltaire History Club and a talented artist. She grew up in Frizinghall, travelled widely, worked at Windsor Castle and in retirement, divided her time between Saltaire and Bracknell. Ann was a great friend - always cheery and fun to be around. She is sorely missed.

All about Saltaire
Salts Mill, the Village and Saltaire attractions

Saltaire is a village where people live. You don't have to book to come here and Salts Mill is free to enter and is open every day of the year except Christmas and New Year's Day. More about Saltaire >
Visitor Info Centre
Visitor Information Centre
Victoria Hall, Victoria Road, Saltaire, Victoria Hall BD18 3JS.
Tel: 01274 433678
Where to eat
Saltaire has a choice of of cafés and restaurants. More >
Holiday accommodation
We advertise local rooms, apartments and cottages. More >
Saltaire, World Heritage Site


Saltaire became a World Heritage Site in 2001, giving it the same status as the pyramids! The Nomination Document explains why Saltaire deserved this status. More >

WW1 - The Saltaire Story
We will remember them
Saltaire family wedding

Colin Coates writes: As the World War One Diary draws to a close, I am about to open a new chapter in my life. After working for 46 years I have decided to retire at the end of 2018. Then in February 2019 I am going to live in Australia with my wife, Maree. Whilst I will miss my friends in Saltaire it does not mean the end of my work exploring Saltaire’s fascinating history. As my research is done online there is no reason why I cannot continuing with it once we are settled in Australia.
With the help of Pamela Reynolds, I will be publishing a monthly diary recalling events from 100 years ago in Saltaire. This diary will start in January 2019. Biographies of Saltaire people form a large part of my work. I will be continuing this by writing biographies for those who worked in the mill at Saltaire. I would like to thank Pamela for publishing my work on the Saltaire Village website. It is a website all those interested in Saltaire should be proud of. I intend adding to its content for many years to come.

World War 1: The Saltaire Story

Follow Colin Coates's research as Saltaire's WW1 story unfolds.


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Events at Victoria Hall
Victoria Hall, Saltaire
Saltaire History
Saltaire History Club
Saltaire History Club, December 2017
Next meeting: 13 December
Interesting talks on Saltaire and its locale. Everyone welcome. Quarterly meetings. More >
Social history

Have a story to share about Saltaire? We welcome contributions. Please email We love to hear from you.

Saltaire stories and articles

Research and social history published here >

Facts not fiction

If you are studying Saltaire, please make sure of your facts. Lots of myths are peddled about Saltaire that have no basis in fact.
Have you heard of any of these myths?


Real rules of Saltaire Village
The rules of the Almshouses and Park are verified.

Fake rules of Salts Mill & Saltaire Village
Other so-called "rules of Saltaire" may be represented as fact, but they're not. Please be careful if you intend to cite them in essays. More >

Saltaire family wedding
World War 1 and Shipley

Follow Richard Coomber's research: WWI's effect on Shipley and surrounding districts. Database and stories of serving men and stories of the home front


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