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Saltaire

Saltaire is the name of a town in the county of West Yorkshire, England, near Bradford, by the River Aire and the Leeds and Liverpool Canal.

It was founded by Sir Titus Salt in 1853. He had moved his entire business from Bradford to a rural site near Shipley to provide better sanitary arrangements for his workers than could be had in Bradford. He also built better houses, a park, a hospital and wash-houses with running water, as well as an Institute for recreation and education, with a library, a reading room, a concert hall, billiard room, science laboratory and gymnasium. There were also almshouses[?], allotments, bathhouses and a boathouse. The Mausoleum houses Sir Titus's body; he died in 1876.

Nowadays, the mill complex is a shopping centre with an art gallery housing works by the Bradford-born artist David Hockney. The Institute houses the Victorian Reed Organ Museum[?].

A similar project had been started a few years earlier by Edward Ackroyd[?] at Copley.



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