Research publications

Researchers associated with the Club often make their work available to share with the public.

We will make this research available here.  We are currently (late  2020) very much in the early stages of doing this. But below are a few items to start with.

The Saltaire Village website includes a great deal of excellent research on Saltaire and we've provided some links for some key resources there.

Research available on the Saltaire Village website

Saltaire Journal

The Saltaire Journals present recently-researched papers on several aspects of Saltaire's history, from the almshouses to 'The second Lord of Saltaire'. They are free to download from the Saltaire Village website.

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Colin Coates' research

Prolific researcher and historian Colin Coates has articles dealing with Saltaire and the First and Second World Wars, mill workers, house histories, and lots more.

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The research below is being made freely available to the public. If you make use of it in your own research, especially if you publish it, please respect the authors and make sure you acknowledge their work.

Social history

Suicide in Saltaire - Roger Clarke in collaboration with Colin Coates

Roger Clarke is a former psychiatric social worker so it’s appropriate that he’s been studying the history of suicide. He documents the tales of Saltaire folk who took their own lives but also summarises sociological, psychological and other theories of suicide in addition to saying a few words about suicide today. Roger’s empathy shines through.

Download 'Suicide in Saltaire' (PDF)

A Penny for Going - Roger Clarke

Roger Clarke has also written a fascinating history of Saltaire through the perspective of its shops and shop keepers - key barometers of change. Originally, Saltaire's shops provided all the essentials for its inhabitants, but today the same shops now cater to modern, sometimes very different, tastes.
This book was published by Nemine Juvante (Saltaire) Publications. Nemine Juvante (Saltaire) Publications retains its intellectual property ownership of its texts accessible through this website in their electronic form, but invites users to freely copy and use the material without referral to Nemine Juvante (Saltaire) Publications. Where used in publications, an acknowledgement would be appreciated, but this is left to the user's discretion. The information is being made freely available in this way to help research and education communities, and to invite feedback on content

Download 'A Penny for Going' (PDF)

Industrial history

Salt before Saltaire - Les Brook

Les Brook has been digging up ‘Salt before Saltaire’. Where exactly were those Bradford mills Salt occupied before 1853? Where did he learn his trade? Where did he live and where did he attend chapel? And whilst Les was ‘inhabiting’ Bradford in the 19th century, he couldn’t resist documenting the earliest steam-powered factories and the wonderful mediaeval goit around which they were clustered.

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Development of the New Mill Estate - Les Brook

In the mid-1990s, Saltaire’s New Mill ‘estate’, between the Leeds Liverpool Canal and the Aire, was re-purposed as offices and apartments. It was the latest iteration of a parcel of land which saw many changes over the 170 years since Titus Salt started to buy land in Airedale and embarked on the construction of Salts Mill and Saltaire. These notes present the story of this corner of the Salt empire. They conclude with an exploration of how evidence of New Mill estate’s past can be found in the buildings of the present.

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Saltaire Overlookers, 1830 to 1914 - Roger Clarke in collaboration with Colin Coates

Roger has described the important and varied roles of the mill Overlooker, a 'middle manager' position  that was critical for the running of mill machinery and the organisationa and supervision of the workforce.
clustered. You can also find out how overlookers were involved in many activities outside the mill. Roger's article is available from the Saltaire Collection website:

Download 'Saltaire Overlookers' (PDF)

Image credit: Saltaire Collection

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