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Activity 5



Titus Salt: fun facts




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PAIR WORK
MEDIATION

Share your findings with your classmates.

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


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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...

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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.
Victoria Hall in Saltaire, England.

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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.
Charles Dickens.

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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.
Palace of Westminster, London.

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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.

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Read the different anecdotes.

Workbook p. 82

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Classify them into these categories:

the outside world

his work

his personality


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Find a logical order and justify your choice.


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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!

Over to you!

A responsible industrialist

Let’s use what you have learnt in
Activity 4
and / or
Activity 5
!

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

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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.
The Royal Family, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, 1846.
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