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Saltaire Heritage and Architecture
Building Plan | Almshouses | Boathouse | Congregational Church | Demolished buildings |
Dining Room | Hospital | Housing | Institute | New Mill | Railway station | Roberts Park |
Salts Mill | School | Stables and carriage houses | After Titus | How Saltaire happened |
Saltaire's application to become a World Heritage Site 

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Saltaire - the initial plan

These notes are extracted from the Word Heritage Committee Nomination Document, 2001. You can download this comprehensive document from this website.
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Saltaire was built as a single, planned model industrial village between 1851 and 1876. It was consistently constructed from natural materials - a warm coloured local sandstone and Welsh slate, generally in the Italianate style. The Mill was built before the houses, as it would take time for it to be fitted out and become operational.  Immediately after its official opening in 1853,work began on the rest of the village and continued until 1876.

The concept was devised and realised by Titus Salt, who was a man of high ideals and advanced social consciousness, as well as a successful businessman. The plan of Saltaire and the design of its buildings were the responsibility of the architects, Henry Lockwood and William and Richard Mawson, who were experienced in civic and industrial design.  Salt's engineer, William Fairbairn,was accepted as one of the finest engineers available.

Saltaire was built on a gridiron plan, with its roads named after Queen Victoria and her consort, Albert, after members of Salt’s family, and the architects, Lockwood and Mawson.  The first phase of road construction saw the streets organised on a north-south orientation. The latter phase was constructed east-west, so that the external appearance of the village from the Bradford to Bingley road was enhanced.  Almost all the grand public and community buildings were buil ton Victoria Road,which led to the Mill.  Most of the housing was built in the west of the village.

Saltaire's exact position
N53 50 21 W1 47 18

Saltaire's inscription as a World Heritage site

SITE NAME: Saltaire
DATE OF INSCRIPTION: 16th December 2001
"The Committee inscribed the Saltaire on the World Heritage List under criteria (ii) and (iv):
Criterion (ii): Saltaire is an outstanding and well preserved example of a mid 19th century industrial town, the layout of which was to exert a major influence on the development of the "garden city" movement.
Criterion (iv): The layout and architecture of Saltaire admirably reflect mid 19th century philanthropic paternalism, as well as the important role played by the textile industry in economic and social development."

UNESCO: "Saltaire, West Yorkshire, is a complete and well-preserved industrial village of the second half of the 19th century. Its textile mills, public buildings and workers' housing are built in a harmonious style of high architectural standards and the urban plan survives intact, giving a vivid impression of Victorian philanthropic paternalism."

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Cultural site Derwent Valley Mills (2001)
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World Heritage Nomination File

The Nomination File was prepared for Saltaire's bid to gain World Heritage status. It has great information about Saltaire's history and architecture as well as some interesting images.

Download the Nomination File. (21.8 mb)

How many WH sites are there?

Currently, there are 1121 World Heritage Sites approved by the World Heritage Committee as having outstanding universal value. These include 869 cultural sites (Saltaire is one of these), 213 natural sites and 39 mixed mixed site properties (info correct, May 2020).

Link to UNESCO World Heritage Sites
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Info on UNESCO

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UNESCO and Heritage

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