Salt and Sympathy 

The Year 7 Academic Scholars in their first meeting of the year, were examining the village of Saltaire in West Yorkshire. Founded in the mid 19th century, by Sir Titus Salt and situated next to the River Aire and the Leeds Liverpool canal, this was a so called “Utopian Village” (rather like Bourneville near Birmingham). 

The factory at Saltaire was surrounded, by parks, pleasant houses, reading rooms, refectories and a new non-conformist church. The students began to think about why this location was selected and next time will consider why some Mill owners, like Salt treated their workers better than many of their contemporaries and avoided the kind of practices illustrated in the picture below. In Year 9 the scholars will visit Saltaire as part of their trip to Yorkshire.