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Using the evidence available to you from documentary sources and from your visit to Saltaire, explain why you thing that Titus Salt built Saltaire.

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Catherine Warhurst History Around Us Assignment Saltaire A) Using the evidence available to you from documentary sources and from your visit to Saltaire, explain why you thing that Titus Salt built Saltaire. I think that Sir Titus Salt built Saltaire for several significant reasons. Salt began work on relocating his numerous mills, which were dotted about Bradford, under on roof at the age of forty-five. As a man of great self-earned wealth, Salt could have sold all of his mills, bought a stately home in the country away form the busyness of Bradford to retire in luxury. But Salt decided to build the biggest mill of its day and a model village to home the "steam-god's" workers. In 1853 Lord Harewood asked him "Why?" To which Sir Salt replied, "My Lord, I had made up my mind to do this very thing, but on reflection I determined otherwise. In the first place I thought that by the concentration of all my works in one locality I might provide occupation for my sons. ...read more.

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Older couples with no children could live in larger houses and take in borders, or at retirement age, live in one of the Almshouses. Large families could live together in comfort and un-crowded dwellings. Another reason that Salt built the village next to his mill was to get away from the high taxes and unhealthy environment of Bradford. In Victorian times, Bradford was a town growing very quickly and it had a lot of mills and factories polluting it. In the 1840's, Bradford was described as "Where Satan keeps his seat"; this was in a Methodist hymn. It was regularly related to the devil- "In Bradford however you think that you have been lodged with the devil incarnate" Georg Weerth, who was a German living in Bradford in the 1840's quoted this. It was also related to hell because to get to the town, you had to go down a hill, from any direction, and this, in a sense resembled the decent into hell. ...read more.

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For in the unlikely event of which, or for sickness he erected the Saltaire hospital. In Victorian times 'making your mark' was very important, all over Saltaire are the Salt coat of arms and the creators initials, TS. He was not a very modest man, this is shown even in the name of his village, and the church is another example of this, where all around the ceiling are his initials. Wealth was possibly one of Salts motives; to show it off, though I feel that this is unlikely as Salt, who was never a very public man didn't like to disclose such information. But his church and the mill were very extravagant buildings and the estimated total cost of the building can be measured in millions of pounds. Salt liked to set examples to other mill owners. He did this not solely by the construction of his great mill and village, but by the placement of things within it. The Almshouses are on the main road, as is the Institute and the school (school was not compulsory, when the mill school was built) these are examples of Salts ingenuity. ...read more.

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