Exploration of Saltaire Essay

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Exploration of Saltaire

1 Why was Saltaire built? (10)

Living conditions in industrial towns at this time were really outrageous for many, and disease was able to spread swiftly in the unsanitary, unhealthy conditions which were a common characteristic of many of the industrial towns of this era. Cholera outbreaks in 1832 and 1844 killed many and reflected a disregard for the laws of health and cleanliness. Work conditions at this time were also poor. Thousands of children from seven to fourteen years were compulsory to work from six o'clock in the morning to seven o'clock in the evening with no more than a half an hour break. Machines were also sometimes hazardous so workers could get
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Even before building Saltaire, Titus was already a rich man. Most of his wealth had been made by developing the famous alpaca wool. Every fashion house wanted alpaca because it was a cheaper than silk but still as durable. Titus' other successes included being appointed to Public Office, becoming a magistrate, being a Commissioner of the Peace, Deputy Lieutenant of the County and finally in 1848 becoming Mayor of Bradford. These appointments were significant in Titus' decision to build Saltaire as he realised that the working class were treated poorly, they were underpaid for many hours of hard work, they had very poor and expensive housing and that people would spend the money on alcohol which made Titus angry as people did not mind living in their own filth.

Saltaire was a mill and modern village which was built by Titus. It was finally completed on 20th September 1853 nearly three years after the starting date. The village would accommodate all his workers and he did not charge much rent so this made him popular with all the workers. An advantage of the village would be that workers lived close to their work place which meant it was easier for them to get there and it would not take as long as well. Saltaire's location was in Shipley which had its

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