I had a fantastic day out on Saturday with Mr B. We visited Salts Mill in Saltaire village near Bradford. The village was built by the mill owner Mr Titus Salt for the well being of his workers and is now a UNESCO world heritage site and quite rightly so. It is a fantastic example of the victorian industrial revolution with beautifully preserved workers houses, shops, a church and the spectacular Victoria Hall, as well as the vast mill itself. The mill is home to a permanent exhibition of one of Bradford’s most famous sons, the artist David Hockney and is well worth a visit if you are a fan of his work. The smell of fresh lilies hits you before you enter, they are apparently David Hockneys favourite flowers and are there in abundance at his insistence. Further up on the next two floors the mill houses 2 cafes, a fabulous book shop with some of the best art, interior and fashion books you will find anywhere and The Home store which has a vast collection of furniture and interior items, many mid 20th Century design classics and quirky pottery and gifts. The top floor is an Aladdin’s cave of collectables and vintage clothes, there is generally something for everyone there.
As well as the retail and dining facilities, there is currently a small exhibition in collaboration with Leeds University, showcasing a collection of 20th Century clothes and information regarding their origins, in the form of photographs and memoirs . The clothes have all been donated along with their personal history from the women of Yorkshire who wore them and it’s a fascinating insight into our social history.
Within the small row of shops in the village opposite the mill is The House of Rose & Brown, a tiny vintage clothes boutique which is definitely worth a visit for it’s great mix of vintage home wares and clothes at incredibly reasonable prices. It is also worth registering on their website for information regarding the vintage fairs and fashion shows that they regularly host.