Saltaire Mooching


I love Saltaire…. its the Hebden Bridge of Bradford (haha). Actually it is a jewel in our crown because we have a UNESCO World Heritage site in a BD postcode.

Saltaire’s history is pretty intertest. It is named after Sir Titus Salt, a great philanthropist who built a textile mill and this village on the River Aire. Sir Titus provided well for his employees but was very particular about how they should have good and healthy lives. You can read more here  It hosts an amazing Arts Trail every year and a Festival too, plus there are farmers markets, makers fairs and vintage shows in the beautiful Victoria Hall. There is a church and a heap of cute and quirky shops – plus the titanic Salts Mill.

I only discovered Saltaire about 10 years ago when a friend moved into one of the cute little terraced houses there and I was jealous  that her local pub was an old Tramshed (imaginatively named The Old Tramshed) complete with good pies and comfy sofas.

Since then, she has moved further into the hills but another friend has taken her place. Not that I need an excuse to visit nowadays. I can always justify a trip to one of the following:

1. The Bookshops – there are 2 of note. The Saltaire Bookshop and The Salts Mill Book shop – very different experiences – but both with their merits.

2. Rose and Brown and now Ivy and Co – Vintage loveliness.

3. Massarellas – the best lemon cake EVER.

4. The Galleries – mooching around the 1853 gallery and Salts Mill then some of the smaller art shops is very calming.

5. Carlton Antiques – a perfect selection of antiques from beautiful rings to clothing, furniture and knick knacks.

6. Fannys – The Ale House – always packed and always good fun.

7. The Canal – stroll in either direction towards Shipley or Bingley and you’ll find lots to see and feel very healthy with it!


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