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Saltaire. According to Source two the same year Titus Salt a mill-owner who found the method of using alpaca wool for lamas, had an idea for a model village.

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Saltaire 1. In Source 4 Saltaire is shown to be in 1850 to be next to nothing. Just green fields and a small mill (Dixon's mill) a canal and train track running though it. What we now call Victoria road was called Dixon mill road. This was a quite area three miles from the hassle of Bradford. It was a near perfect place for a model village. According to Source two the same year Titus Salt a mill-owner who found the method of using alpaca wool for lamas, had an idea for a model village. He saw a way of leading his workers into a new way of life, away from the stink and stews of Bradford at the time to a new place, a village to be built among fields and woods, with good fresh air and as much sunlight as could be had from a sky which touched the Pennines. He sought to create a worker's utopia with striking landscapes and substantial architecture. ...read more.

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across the road from the mill. Providing his worker with a place to pray. Remarkably the next building to be made where baths and washhouses where employees could have a decent wash and clean. This was making people flocking to Saltaire for employment (Around 3,500 in a few years from Bradford alone). And improving standard in employee benefits across the country. In the same year Titus Salt was elected as the M.P. for Bradford. But Saltaire really became Saltaire in 1863 when the houses where completed. Houses the like of which his workforce had not even dreamed, in the slums they had inhabited. Fresh water was piped into each home from Saltaire's own 500,000 gallon reservoir. Gas was also laid on to provide lighting and heating. Unlike the people of Bradford, also amazingly for the time, every family in Saltaire had its own outside lavatory. Titus Salt always encouraged people to keep themselves clean. After Salt retired in 1861 and his sons taking greater control of the town, In the years after luxuries such as Saltaire School and hospital and also the 'New mill' (according to source 20) ...read more.

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In 1900 Salts mill was no longer owned by the Salt family. The change of ownership did change the village a little. The park was renamed Roberts Park. Over the years the textile industry gradually declined, and by 1980's the Mill became virtually redundant. Eventually Jonathan Silver purchased the Mill in 1987. It was semi derelict and appeared to have no positive future. Through the vision of Jonathan, Salts Mill has been transformed to massive office space and the 1853 Hockney (also born in Saltaire) art galleries. Over 1500 people are employed on the site by firms which include large high-tech manufacturing companies like Pace electronics and Filtronic Comtek plc. Now Saltaire is a tourist site, with visitors from around the globe, looking at a 'snapshot' of Victorian life. This is one of the only Victorian model villages that has 'hardly' been touched as time passes. This shows that not many physical changes were made during 1900 to the present day. ...read more.

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