Intro: Histories of Saltaire’s Streets and Houses
Introduction | Ada St | Albert Rd | Albert Terrace | Alexandra Square | Amelia St | Caroline St | Constance St | Daisy Place | Dove St | Edward St | Exhibition Rd | Fanny St | Fern Place | George St | Gordon Terr | Harold Place | Helen St | Herbert St | Higher School St | Jane St | Katherine St | Lockwood St | Lower School St | Mary St | Mawson St | Myrtle Place | Shirley St | Titus St | Victoria Rd | Victoria Terr | Whitlam St | William Henry St
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Learn the history of Saltaire’s streets. Better still, if you live or have lived locally, share with us what you know about the history of your Saltaire house by writing in and telling us.
Saltaire’s housing was a fundamental part of the vision of the township’s founder Sir Titus Salt, The houses that line the streets were built to a relatively high specification for their time, providing good homes to several generations of textile workers and others. The quality of the development, with its social and health benefits, was recognised internationally when Salt was awarded the French Legion of Honour in 1867.
The streets were built over a period of about 15 years from 1854, the development starting adjacent to the railway line and spreading southwards, in phases, up the hillside. The streets were usually named after members of the Salt family. Some exceptions exist, notably with streets named after royalty, and the architects Lockwood and Mawson. A trio of short streets were named after flowers popular at the time.
The sequential naming of the streets reflects to a large extent the chronology of births and marriages of Salt’s children and grandchildren, and so a study of the names leads to an improved understanding and awareness of this extended family.
Browse the index above at leisure to learn more about the streets, their namesakes, and the houses they contain. The information has been compiled by Saltaire writers Barlo and Shaw. New contributions to the story, through historic accounts, photos etc are invited.
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