A Guide to Living in Saltaire

Saltaire village is fast becoming one of the 'places to live' in West Yorkshire with its World Heritage Status and colourful history, it has something for everyone.

This is a perfect example of a Victorian model village and was built in 1851 by Sir Titus Salt, founder of Salts Mills, its name taken from his surname and the river Aire, which runs through the settlement. The village was developed by Sir Titus to house all the workers from his nearby Mill, and many of the street names have been named after its former workers.

Located in the heart of the Aire Valley, Saltaire benefits from excellent transport links into both Bradford and Leeds, both by road and by rail via Saltaire's railway station. Because of this the area appeals to both commuting professionals and families. Saltaire also benefits from being only a short drive from the Yorkshire Dales, with places like Skipton right on your doorstep.

Many of Saltaire's residents with school age children take advantage of the excellent education establishments in the area, with several primary schools, three excellent secondary schools and Shipley College all servicing the village.

In December 2001, Saltaire was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, meaning that the government has a duty to protect the site. Many of the buildings belonging to the model village are individually listed, particularly those in close proximity of the mill.

UNESCO on Saltaire: "Saltaire, West Yorkshire, is a complete and well-preserved industrial village of the second half of the 19th century. Its textile mills, public buildings and workers' housing are built in a harmonious style of high architectural standards and the urban plan survives intact, giving a vivid impression of Victorian philanthropic paternalism."

Saltaire today has a lot to offer, with the original mill now housing a diverse range of business, commercial, leisure and residential units. In the main mill one of the major attractions is the 1853 gallery opened by the mill's then owner, Jonathan Silver in 1987, which displays work from a childhood friend of Silver's, Bradford born artist David Hockney.

There is never a shortage of things to do in and around the village, with attractions like the Shipley Glen tramway and 550-acre, Bingley St Ives country park estate close by. Picturesque walking routes are numerous in the area, along Leeds-Liverpool Canal, in the ancient semi-natural woodland nearby and the 14-acre, English Heritage listed, Roberts Park which recently underwent extensive refurbishment.

Saltaire is also home to a host of popular bars and restaurants, most of which feature local ale from the highly-acclaimed Saltaire Brewery.

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