Care for the com­mu­nity

Landscape (UK) - - In The Garden -

Sal­taire’s name com­bines that of its founder Sir Ti­tus Salt and of the river that cre­ated the val­ley it stands in. Con­struc­tion be­gan in 1851. The rich ar­chi­tec­ture and nat­u­ral beauty com­bined to make the hous­ing, civic build­ings, parks and the mill it­self cel­e­brated both then and to­day. The mill re­mained open un­til 1986 when it be­came un­eco­nom­i­cal. To­day it is a vis­i­tors’ at­trac­tion and a proud ex­am­ple of lo­cal her­itage. His­tory sug­gests that Salt was much loved for his ef­forts to im­prove the lot of his mill work­ers. When he died in 1876, more than 100,000 peo­ple lined the fu­neral route. In 2001, Sal­taire was des­ig­nated a UNESCO World Her­itage Site. It earned this ac­co­lade for be­ing a “com­plete and well-pre­served in­dus­trial vil­lage of the se­cond half of the 19th cen­tury... built in a har­mo­nious style of high ar­chi­tec­tural stan­dards”.

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