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Titus Salt: fun facts
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Activity 5



Titus Salt: fun facts





1

Sir Titus Salt pioneered the use of alpaca wool. He presented Prince Albert a sample of his unique, high-quality material, which Albert then passed on to Queen Victoria, who set a nationwide trend by wearing it – you can’t beat a bit of royal advertising!

2

When Salt died, he had accumulated a fortune worth a staggering £450,000,000, making him one of the richest men in Britain at the time.

3

The Stone Lions which can be found near Victoria Hall in Saltaire were originally intended for Nelson’s Column in London.

Victoria Hall in Saltaire, England.

4

As well as being made a Baronet by Queen Victoria, Salt was briefly a Member of Parliament and was the Mayor of Bradford for a short period.

Palace of Westminster, London.

5

The fame of Saltaire went well beyond the constraints of West Yorkshire and Charles Dickens himself penned an article titled “The great Yorkshire Llama” – a nod to Salt’s use of alpaca wool.

Charles Dickens.

6

Salt was an intensely private man, and there are few written records of his life and words – it is also said that upon his death, Titus Salt instructed his family to gather, and burn records relating to his life.

The Royal Family, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1846.

7

Building work on the final house in Saltaire was completed in 1876 – Salt died later that year.
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Read the different anecdotes.

Workbook p. 82

1
Classify them into these categories:

the outside world

his work

his personality


2
Find a logical order and justify your choice.

Let's talk this out!

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PAIR WORK
MEDIATION

Share your findings with your classmates.

3
What was the most striking anecdote about Titus Salt? Why?


4
Sum up the importance of Titus Salt in the Industrial Age.


Useful vocabulary: What I found surprising was... I couldn’t have imagined that... It’s really astonishing that...

Over to you!

A responsible industrialist

Let’s use what you have learnt in and / or !

In 2001, Saltaire was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. As the mayor of Saltaire, you wish to honour Titus Salt with a statue in front of the town hall. Write and deliver a speech presenting your project to the inhabitants.

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