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How far do the site evidence from Saltaire and the supporting documentary evidence available help you to understand why Saltaire was developed?

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How far do the site evidence from Saltaire and the supporting documentary evidence available help you to understand why Saltaire was developed? Both the site evidence and documentary evidence go some way into explaining the reasons why Saltaire was developed. From the documentary evidence, we can find a lot of accounts from people or reports commenting on the terrible conditions in Bradford at that time. There are many different sources of reference, and some compare the condition of Saltaire to the condition of Bradford. The information is from all different sorts of people, for example, from religious leaders, foreigners visiting Bradford, artists, and people reporting on Bradford. This way we can see that the bad conditions in Bradford could've played a part in Salt creating Saltaire. ...read more.

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However, the documentary evidence is also quite unhelpful in some contexts. Even though there are plenty of written accounts, there seems to be no written accounts from the people actually living in Saltaire. There is evidence about how nice the town is, but not what the villagers thought of it. We cannot discover there opinions on their living and working conditions, and on Salt himself, therefore we cannot see if the workers liked the new village, and whether they felt they were being controlled. Also, we have no recorded health information, to see if health conditions had improved compared to Bradford, and whether of the villagers suffered from diseases. We do not know if the improved conditions meant improved health, so whether Salt was actually keeping his workers healthy. ...read more.

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We could also see many things which were significant to his motives, such as the size and quality of the houses, the entertainment and leisure activities, the church and school he provided, and the construction and design. I noticed a watchtower too, which backs up the theory of control. The only reason for the site evidence not to be useful would be that we could only see Saltaire as it is today, not how it was all those years ago. Back then it will have been very different to the people, and we cannot see how they saw it. To conclude, I would say that we can gain a lot more from the site evidence, and there is a lot of key information missing from the documentary evidence. We can get a clearer picture from actually seeing Saltaire as to the motives for development. ...read more.

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