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Salt Family Portraits

The Bradford Salt family was very important in the textile industry, owning Salt’s Mill in Saltaire until it was sold to Sir James Roberts in 1892. Many of the photographs in this collection were probably taken within the house and grounds of Milner Fields, the home of Titus Salt Junior and his wife Catherine. Titus Junior took over the running of the mill on Sir Titus Salt’s death in 1876. This collection of family photographs gives an insight in to the social lives and leisure time of the family. 

Sir Titus Salt was born in 1803. He married his wife Caroline in 1830 and together they had 11 children. Sir Titus served as a Bradford Alderman, Justice of the Peace, Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Lord Mayor and Liberal MP. In 1851 construction began on his new mill and model village, just outside Bradford. He called the village Saltaire, after himself and the River Aire which runs next to the mill. The streets of the village were given the names of his wife and children. 

Although Sir Titus Salt was a very private man, his children enjoyed dressing up in fancy dress and having costume parties. Titus Jnr and his wife Catherine were an active part of Bradford society and in 1882 and 1885 they hosted Royal visits to Milner Fields, by the Prince and Princess of Wales. Many of the images within the collection show the family in their fancy dress costumes.