Sir Titus Salt.
Mr Alan Pugh
as a city with a fine past but no future. Its fine past was due almost
entirely to the manufacture of textiles.
Alun Pugh told us about probably the
greatest of the prime movers in textile manufacture, Sir Titus Salt, who
contributed enormously to the elevation of Bradford to a fine city and
in Morley in 1803, educated at
, Titus, after spending a short time as a wool stapler joined his father in
business. They used Donskoi wool which Titus
tried to interest spinners in using for worsted manufacture to no avail.
Therefore he set up his own company to spin yarn and manufacture cloth.
Along the way he came across Alpaca wool and used this to create a cloth
with a silky texture. This became fashionable and his business, combined
with his father’s, became the largest in
. He needed to expand and decided to build a large mill to accommodate all
his manufacturing in the one building. To do this he needed a green field
site. He bought land that had the canal, railway and River Aire
passing through it. He hired the architects Lockwood and Mawson,
who had designed St George’s Hall, to design his mill. Work started in
1851 and the mill was completed by 1853.
followed the creation of Saltaire.
Titus, who became Sir Titus in 1869, began building houses, an institute,
almshouses, hospital and a magnificent church. This became the village which
he named Saltaire which provided accommodation,
recreation, religious, and medical facilities for his workers.
telling us about its founder, Alun Pugh, with
the aid of photographic slides gave us a tour of Saltaire
including the mill which is now a World Heritage Site. Used by numerous
businesses it also has an art gallery devoted to David Hockney’s
this very interesting an enjoyable talk Alun was
admirably thanked by Vic Heffer.
next meting is at
at 10-00am on Thursday 12th April when Dorothy Burrows will tell
us about “Spring in