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Using only the evidence in the village do you agree that Titus Salt built Saltaire solely for the good of his worker's?

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Ateeb Wahid History Coursework History Courswork-Q4 Using only the evidence in the village do you agree that Titus Salt built Saltaire solely for the good of his worker's? I do think Titus Salt built Saltaire for the good of his workers but not solely, fro he was a business man and his job is to make money like all business man. I will now prove why Titus Salt built Saltaire not only for the good of his workers, but also to make money, become famous, have control over his workers and a small part to do with his religion. Sir Titus Salt was born in Morley near Leeds on the 20th September 1803. "Morley was an important centre of religious Noncomfirty", so naturally Titus Salt was bought up to believe in God. His father was Daniel Salt. Daniel Salt moved his family to Bradford in 1822 and started a wool stapling Business. His business was fairly successful so he was able to send Titus Salt to Health grammar school. After his schooling Titus Salt worked at Messrs Rouse& Son were he learned the skills of wool sorting, combing, spinning and weaving, which was very useful when he started his own business. He then joined his father's business and became the firm's wool buyer. When Titus Salt's father, Daniel Salt, retired in 1833 he took over the company and over the next twenty years Titus Salt had expanded to become the largest employer in Bradford. ...read more.


However, the other factory owners opposed the idea and most of them were to ignorant too accept the idea that the smoke produced by their factories was damaging people's health. Titus Salt realised the council were unwilling to take action to this serious problem. He decided to move away from Bradford. In 1850 Titus Salt announced his plans to build Saltaire in the Aire Valley on the banks of the River Aire, only a few miles away from Bradford. It took three years fro Salt's mill to be built and it opened in 1853. It was the most advanced fabric factory in Europe and produced over 18 miles of worsted cloth per day with its 1200 looms, the scale of production revelled at a national level. The mill was opened on Titus Salt's Birthday. The community of Saltaire started being built in 1854 and after 14 years of construction, its 800+ homes were completed in 1868. None of the houses Titus Salt were back to back, which reduced pollution and disease, Titus salt charged a varied price of 3 shillings per week (approximately 6 pence) for a standard two-bedroom house, to 5 shillings per week (approximately 10 pence) for a larger three- bedroom house with a small garden. He built many extra amenities for his workers he did not have too build, for instance, a hospital, school, institute, washrooms and laundry. ...read more.


He also built Saltaire to make money. Like all business men he wanted the most efficient way to make profit. Also there was a lot of good transport already available for Titus Salt to transport his goods. There were decent roads from Saltaire to Bradford, Leeds and Manchester so all the finished articles could be taken too market easily on a horse-by the factory, so it was much easier for Titus Salt to transport hi large loads of goods. He could transport his goods to nearly all the main northern industrial towns in England, which increased all his profits making his industrial empire expand further, and in turn increasing his wealth. One more reason why Titus built Saltaire was for fame. He had a large ego like many businessmen as successful as him. He named his village after himself and the Aire valley where it was situated "Salt Aire". He named many of the streets after his family and close relatives and named the park he built after his oldest son Robert Salt. He also had coat of arms displayed all over the village and also made a statue of himself in Roberts Park. He also donated a lot of money to good causes: he gave money to build the B.R.I and peel park, and he loved to boast about his donations to increase his fame. When Titus Salt died on 29th December 1876 his family discovered he had donated over �500,000 to good causes, this was equivalent to �5000,000 today. ...read more.

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