Saltaire and Esholt, nr Bradford.

Thursday 14th July 2020

We made an early start this morning and after a short journey we pulled into the visitors car park at Saltaire.

Titus Salt was one of a few rich industrialists that made some effort to provide good accommodation and schooling for the families that worked in his mill. In the midlands our equivalent would be the Cadbury family that built Bournville.

Salt Mill.
Salt Mill

We commenced our visit with a walk around the village looking at a variety of buildings provided by Titus Salt.

Houses for workers.
Back to back with small gardens.
View from higher up above the mill area.

After a wander around we headed back to Homer for a coffee and then leaving Layla in charge we headed back to the mill. The lower floor, plus two other floors has exhibitions of the work of David Hockney which we enjoyed viewing especially his work in Normandy where he currently lives.

A chair designed by Hockney.

From Saltaire we headed about 3 miles down the valley to Esholt where we are staying the night at Esholt Sports Club which has an attached camp site. It is a very active club, early evening saw cricket practice for many youngsters from the age of about 4 upwards and the evening ended in a twenty twenty match for the main team. The home team won convincingly, it was a very English thing to sit in the sunshine watching the match and nursing a drink. Earlier we had walked to the local village where we had a drink at the The Woolpack pub which apparently featured in Emmerdale.

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