Saltaire testifies to the pride and power of basic industries like textiles for the economy of Great Britain and the world in the 19th and early 20th centuries.



Saltaire is an exceptionally 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 quality and the urban plan survives intact, giving an outstanding example of the philanthropic approach to industrial management.

Saltaire had a profound influence on industrial social welfare, urban planning and the 19th century garden city movement in the UK and beyond.

The architectural and engineering quality of the whole group including the exceptionally large Salt’s Mill, New Mill, houses, public buildings and Roberts Park makes it outstanding.

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Did you know..?

David Hockney was born in Bradford in 1937. Salts Mill have been hanging vast Victorian factory spaces with work by this life-enhancing artist for over 3 decades. When Jonathan Silver got the keys for Salts Mill in 1987, the first thing he did was create the 1853 Gallery. He filled it with art by David, his friend and fellow Bradfordian.

Saltaire takes its name from its founder, Sir Titus Salt (1803-1876), and the River Aire, which runs through the village. Salt made his fortune in the Bradford textile industry, manufacturing fine woollen fabrics. –

Salts Mill was the first building to be complete in 1853.


Location: West Yorkshire, England

Country: United Kingdom

Year of Inscription: 2001

UNESCO Criteria: (ii), (iv)

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For more information about Saltaire, visit the website or contact visitor information on 01274 432111