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What are the strengths and limitations of using Saltaire to study Victorian industrial towns? Saltaire is a model village founded in 1853 by Sir Titus Salt. During the industrial revolution conditions were tough, many people worked in factories and the working conditions were inhumane. In this essay I aim to show the strengths and limitations of using Saltaire to study Victorian industrial towns. Sir Titus Salt was born on the 20th of September 1803. He was the first of 7 children and aspired to be a doctor. In 1822 he moved with his family to Bradford to concentrate on the booming textiles business. In 1833, after Titus married his wife Caroline in 1830, Titus’ father passed away leaving Titus to inherit the family business. Throughout the next two centuries Titus continued his rise to fame becoming Mayor of Bradford in 1848 and working towards making conditions in factories better for workers. Also in that year he bought the land for Saltaire and employed architects to design it. Finally in 1853 Saltaire was open for Business complete with a new mill that produced 18 miles of cloth a day. In general Saltaire was completely different from other industrial towns across Britain increasing the number of limitations. Industrial towns were traditionally disgusting, overcrowded and dirty. Industrial towns were characteristically horrendous places to live in. Due to a large population boom in the early 19th century, hundreds of people flooded into areas such as Bradford and Leeds where they could get a job in the mills and factories. As the population in these areas continued to grow, the towns became disease-ridden and overcrowded. Some industrial towns were so overcrowded that more than ten people could live in one single room, something that was not uncommon in this period. Living conditions were one of the greatest problems for industrial towns. Source D shows us a
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