Saltaire Weir

The weir at Saltaire weir is our most visited weir.  When Titus Salt started building Saltaire in 1851 I doubt he could not have imagined it would draw visitors from across the world.

Photo of Salts Mill and weir
Salts Mill and weir, © John Sutton

The history of the weir

Titus Salt chose this site to construct his mill and village because it was near to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal .  His model village moved his workers out of the squalor of Victorian Bradford to the rural River Aire valley.  Here he planned to improve both the physical and moral health of his workers.

The weir at Saltaire dates from the same period as the mill and would have once powered it.  Later this power was provided by steam engines.  The mill was a masterpiece of its time and was hugely productive.  It made 18 miles of worsted cloth a day on 1200 looms attended to by 3000 workers.

Alongside the improved housing and mill Titus Salt provided opportunities for fresh air and exercise.  Together with Robert’s Park the village of Saltaire is now a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The weir today

By siting the fish pass at the Northern end of the weir DNAire will be able to protect historic views of Salts Mills from the park.  Its reclaimed stone walls will be lower than the existing bank side and designed to be sympathetic to the surroundings.

A visualisation of the planned fish and eel pass at Saltaire