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Sir Titus Salt and the First Super-Mill

Better Living Conditions for Victorian Mill Workers

Working conditions for workers of the mills in Bradford in the 1840s were dangerous, cramped and frightening. The city was even once described as

‘the dirtiest, filthiest and worst regulated town in the kingdom’.  



Printed image of Saltaire Mills in the early 1850s
Saltaire Mills, Early 1850s

Saltaire Hospital, known today as Titus Salt Apartments
Saltaire Hospital (now Titus Salt Apartments)

As well as his new 'state of the art' mill, Titus Salt built neat stone houses for his workers, wash-houses with running water, bath-houses, a hospital, as well as an Institute for recreation and education, with a library, a reading room, a concert hall, billiard room, science laboratory and gymnasium. 

Saltaire Club and Institute, early 1870s, known today as Victoria Hall
Saltaire Club and Institute in Early 1870s

The village also provided a school for the children of the workers, almshouses, allotments, a park and a boathouse.   

Roberts Park Saltaire, pictured in late 19th Century
Roberts Park Saltaire in Late 19thC

Saltaire Factory School pre-1910, known today as Shipley College
Saltaire Factory School pre-1910


Sign writing class as Saltaire School in the early 20th Century
Saltaire School, Early 20thC

Black and white photo showing Girls learning laundry work at Saltaire School in the early 20th Century
Saltaire School, Early 20thC