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"Saltaire was solely built for the workers." How far does the examination of the site and evidence support this view?

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"Saltaire was solely built for the workers." How far does the examination of the site and evidence support this view? I believe that the village Saltaire was not purposely built solely for they enjoyment of the workers. Even though there are some buildings at the site (saltaire) that were used for the enjoyment of the workers, Salt always got the most out of the workers. In this coursework I shall explain the points that make many peoples attitudes on Titus Salt as an entrepreneur and views that influence ideas on him being a philanthropist. It will also be explained why certain buildings were built in Saltaire. The designing and making of the mill, the building of the houses and Titus's constant search for new ideas all add a great deal of evidence that he was an entrepreneur. However there is a sufficient amount of ideas that prove otherwise e.g. The Park, dining hall, and the church. I will now explain each point in more detail. Titus Salt was a very rich man and he could have hired the very best architects in the country to design the mill in Saltaire. Although it would have made sense to do so, he hired local architects Henri Lockwood and William and Richard Mawson. ...read more.

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This indicates that Salt wanted his workers minds to stay focused on their work rather then their social lives outside work. It further shows Sir Titus Salt's craze to make more money. Concentrating on small points and sections of the village and the workers helped do this. I will now comment on the key features that prove that Titus Salt cared for his workers and backs up, as evidence, that the statement that Saltaire was solely built for the workers. One day in 1871 the mill was unusually shut down early. The workers were told to assemble in the park that Titus had made. The making of the park shows that Salt cared for his workers by providing them with some open space. This improved the health and even the mental health of the workers. The park signals that Titus was a philanthropist rather then an entrepreneur, as he was gaining no more money with the park open instead Titus lost a considerable amount of money building the park. The park consisted of a boathouse, a river, a cricket and croquet ground, bowling greens, and alcoves. This clearly provides evidence that the park was solely built for the workers enjoyment. Next, I will comment on the dining hall, which Titus built. ...read more.

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However all the safety measures guaranteed more work done by the workers and better productivity, as they were not scared to cause injuries to themselves. The air conditioning system made certain that less breaks were taken, as it was nice working conditions. Titus built tunnels to get workers to work, underground. These ensured that workers wouldn't have to walk far to work. This showed that Sir Titus Salt would go to extreme lengths to get his workers satisfaction. Though there are some strong points above the tunnel may have been made for business reasons. Building tunnels helped workers to get to work faster then usual so they could start work earlier. This showed how entrepreneur Titus was. I conclude that Titus Salt was not a philanthropist while making Saltaire. I think that Titus carefully considered every business deal possible. This is shown as he selected Saltaire as it had a railway and a canal. In order to become a philanthropist Titus Salt had to become an entrepreneur to gain all his money so he could make some buildings for his workers. I believe that Titus first made Saltaire for business reasons and maybe made some sights for his workers e.g. the park. Although this is my personal suggestion there is a sufficient amount of evidence to make Sir Titus Salt either an entrepreneur or a philanthropist. ...read more.

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