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