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How far do these sources offer support for the view that Saltaire was built in response to the poor living and working conditions in Bradford?

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How far do these sources offer support for the view that Saltaire was built in response to the poor living and working conditions in Bradford? Saltaire was built near a close town called Shipley. It was built by Sir Titus Salt in 1853. There has been a developing debate growing over the years on the motives of Salt building the village. This has been due to the lacking of evidence available to the fact that Salt left very little primary evidence as he was not a very good public speaker or writer. The living conditions at the time in Bradford were dreadful. Bradford has been described at the time to be one of the filthiest towns The town had no proper sewage and water supply. The main water supply was the river called the Bradford Beck which was later known as the "River stink". Here people washed themselves and their clothes. Sometimes the clothes were not even clean because the water was mostly dirty. The river was also used as a human toilet. The lack of drainage meant sewage could not be taken away and so therefore cesspits were created. The dirty water, which people drank, contained deadly diseases such as cholera. Housing was terrible. ...read more.

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Source B is an extract about Titus salt from a biography written by Jack Reynolds, which was published in 1983. This is not even sure what Salt's inspiration was because he was a private man as it says in source C did not seek 'neither title, honours not fame' This source suggests paternal reasons behind Salt building Saltaire. It suggests that Salt as well as other employers provided company villages out of compassion. "To protect myself," Edward Ackroyd said "from sudden withdrawal of labour". I believe that Edward was frightened of strikes and his business failing and so did Salt so he built Saltaire in order to keep his workers. It also puts forward that workers were getting restless and getting more insubordinate because of their poor living and working conditions and we know these were dangerous circumstances because source E conveys the restlessness. I believe that there is lack of evidence to prove this from an extract. The lack of evidence suggests that historians have to speculate on that Salt's motives. It is implied that Salt like many other employers acted as a way of protecting themselves from striking workforce. It is useful because we can see that it shows Salts motives into building Saltaire. ...read more.

Conclusion

Source E is an extract taking from a book called "Titus and Saltaire, Industry and virtue" written by John Styles in 1994. Even though it does not answer the question directly it show many motive for Structure to be built. Many reasons indicate the poor health reasons and working conditions and so they were paternal reasons but also suggest the reasons of rioting and strike in Bradford at the time. Styles state that only a tiny and self-interested minority were directly responsible for the privations suffered by the majority. It was this case that many bradfordians claimed the right to vote and went to the streets to campaign. This could very well be the reason Salt constructed Saltaire so he could keep his workers from revolting. It is not very trustworthy because it was released in 1994. This many years after the construction of Saltaire. The source mainly all indicate that the Saltaire was built because of the poor and working conditions in Bradford. There was much poverty and disease in Bradford and maybe Salt felt compelled to do something about this. Salt may not wanted any revolts from workers, as this would have been bad for the business. Maybe even Salt's religious beliefs helped him come to decisions to build a high-quality mill for his workers as he had the capability of building something like this. Word Count: 1315 ...read more.

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