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Constance Street, Saltaire

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Constance Street is the only one of Saltaire’s thoroughfares to be named after a granddaughter of the village’s founder. Indeed, Constance was the first grandchild of Sir Titus and Lady Caroline Salt. The 32 houses that make up the street were completed in 1861, being designed as ‘improved’ workmen’s cottages. Constance Street, like the other streets in this part of the village, is orientated east-west along the contours of the Aire valley, in contrast to the earlier street developments further down the hill, which lie north-south. The change in orientation avoids excessive, unremitting vistas of street terracing which would otherwise have come about, and produces a greater sense of community within the overall development.

Constance had been born in the mid 1850s to William Henry Salt and his wife Emma, the former being the eldest of Salt’s children. William Henry and Emma had set up home at Ashgrove near Halifax, not far from Crow Nest, the home of his parents Titus and Caroline Salt. At this time William Henry was a partner in the family business of the recently opened Salts Mill.

Constance married Rev Arthur F Evans in 1887, by which time her parents had forsaken Yorkshire for Leicestershire. Constance and Arthur extended the southern migration, setting up home in Great Maplestead, Essex. By 1891 the family unit had expanded to four, to include children Constance (2) and John (1), as recorded in the census of that year.

The first months of 1912 brought the rather early death, in her late fifties, of Constance.

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