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Added to website: 9 September 2012

The Saltaire Shop History Trail
Part of the Saltaire Festival, 2012

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The shops in Saltaire Village, past and present, are part of the distinctive character and atmosphere of the World Heritage Site and a new trail launching during this year's Saltaire Festival will showcase their history. But there are still many mysteries and secrets to be revealed about the characters and businesses which have served Saltaire's community over the decades, such as:

  • Who was the Bronte servant rumoured to have moved from Haworth Parsonage to a shop on Victoria Road?
  • Who is the Hodgson whose name appears above 48 Titus Street?  Neither the Hodgsons who ran the bakery at 20 Titus St (now The Spa) or Eric Hodgson from the Butcher’s at 14 Katherine Street could shed any light on this.
  • When and why were fake beams put into the bookshop at 1 Myrtle Place?

Local shops played a vital part of life in the old village of Saltaire at a time when there were no supermarkets or out of town superstores. They were places people met, bought all the things they needed and gossiped, a very different story from the huge supermarkets where everyone is in a rush to beat the queues at the checkout, fill their shopping trolleys and get home as quickly as possible.

Milner Field - The Lost Country House of Titus Salt JnrUsing information from Roger Clarke’s book “A Penny For Going”, each shop on the trail will display what is known about its premises since it was built in the mid 1800s.

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It’s been fascinating investigating the rich history of the shops - however, there are quite a few gaps in our knowledge, particularly between the 1950s and 2006. We’d like to appeal to the public to send or bring their memories and photos. There are only about 14 old photos in our possession and given that there are over 70 shops in this small area, that’s a lot of missing images. Anything we get will be added to the Saltaire Archive stored by Shipley College and we are hoping that there will be another trail in the future highlighting the new information.

The trail will be open during this year's Tenth Saltaire Festival, from 6th to 16th September, and as part of the event, local historian and  tour guide Roger Clarke will talk about his book, “A Penny For Going”, at 7pm on Monday, 10th September, in the Salt Building, in Victoria Road, Saltaire. This is a free event and aims to provide the opportunity for people to discuss their memories and bring in their pictures.

16 Victoria Road, then...

16 Victoria Road, now...

7 Victoria Road, then...

7 Victoria Road, now...

Vanessa Pliny of Saltaire Book Shop

Saltaire Bookshop
1 Myrtle Place,
Saltaire Road,
Shipley BD18 4NB
(near Saltaire roundabout)


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