Salts Mill & Little Germany - Yorkshire

10.2.10

At the weekend I visited a couple of places in West Yorkshire for research purposes (my other half is partway through training to be an Architect) and I thought I would share the photos with you guys as some of them are pretty cool. Plus it gives you Northerners ideas for things to do! I love a good day out as much as the next person :)

Little Germany is an area of historical and architectural interest in West Yorkshire and the buildings there date back to the 19th Century. A lot of the people who constructed the area were from Germany hence the name! I really enjoyed looking at all the old buildings and there were some really cool features - my favourite is the huge iron gate! I also loved the stone chair and clock built into one of the walls and yes I know it looks like I'm sat on the toilet but I didn't want to get my coat dirty! :)

I love places like this where you can close your eyes and picture how things were in the olden days. 






Then we headed over to Saltaire, a village in West Yorkshire, which is a World Heritage Site. It was there that we visited Salts Mill which used to be a wool mill and was owned by Sir Titus Salt who built a whole village around the mills for his workers to live in, as well as shops and schools for them.

In 1986 the mill was bought and renovated by Jonathan Silver, and it now houses an art gallery dedicated mainly to David Hockney's work and lots of shops which sell anything from jewellery, to antiques, clothes, musical instruments, bicycles, books, art supplies and household items including items by Starck. The household store is out of this world but very pricey - I had fun pricing up everything I would like in my imaginary future home. If you like really modern, bright pieces then it's definitely worth a look.






Lichtenstein is my favourite so I had to get a photo next to this!

The antiques shop was epic! Think along the lines of an Aladdin's Cave full of 1970s furniture, 1930s typewriters, 1920s rings and necklaces, vintage lace dresses, old telephones, lamps, pottery and much more. I was in antique heaven! I would have loved more time to browse everything but there was so much to look at and we were running out of time by the time we had reached this shop on the top floor.

It was hard to take photos inside but it was such a cool place! If you do want to have a look at what's inside click HERE for the official website. Admission is free and it's open 7 days a week. I really recommend it for an afternoon out and if you do go be sure to stop at the cafe for a pot of tea. We had lunch there and it was a little overpriced but tasty.


17 comments:

  1. Looks like you had a really lovely time.
    Love your jacket, really suits you. And forgot to say, the brown hair looks brill! xx

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  2. Oh I love looking at old building etc. That place looks amazing and so interesting! xx

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  3. I love the pictures! I'm glad you had a nice time! Looks like a fun place to visit! :) x

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  4. I used to work in Little Germany and never even paid attention to the architecture! My office was just up the road from where you're sitting in the first pic :)

    I've been meaning to check Salts Mill out for a while, sounds lovely!x

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  5. awwww such a cute post!!! <3 I love it and I used to live in cononley & skipton so this post reminded me of my childhood :)

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  6. That chair in the middle of the street is brilliant!

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  7. Great pictures! Glad you had fun xx

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  8. so cool! looks like so much fun!
    and i adore your jacket!
    so cute!
    xoxoxox

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  9. Looks like an awesome trip! I love your blog darling. I voted for you on my blog award ♥

    xx

    http://sarahxosoda.blogspot.com/

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  10. I work right next to Saltaire in Bingley! :) We go to Salts Mill for lunch sometimes. Lovely pics- and also, love your dark hair!x

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  11. this is such a fantastic post! I am so desperate to go up north, people always rave about London etc but I think there are some really fab interesting places to visit.

    Little Germany is amazing, thank you for posting this! x

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  12. I love, love, love Salts Mill! I used to work in Guiseley and we were up there all the time. It's such a gorgeous place.

    By the way, how adorable do you look in your sunshine yellow coat and teddy hat? Very! :)

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  13. Wow, great photographers. Even as a Yorkshire girl i've rarely ever visited anywhere in West Yorkshire - need to change this fact!

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  14. Salts Mill is just fab, I adore it there and have not been in so long ! You just inspired me to get myself there again soon! Your yellow coat looks lovely too!

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  15. When I get back to England, if I get in my car please can you take me here?

    Thankyou! x

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  16. Lovely pictures.. it's so weird, Little Germany is over the road from the office! The chair thing is outside my friend's office hehe.

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  17. Really looking nice to see and thanks for sharing the information with us.
    Vintage lace Dresses

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