Last weekend we went to visit nearby Salts Mill, in the beautiful village of Saltaire. This incredible building is one of my favourite places to go when I want to be inspired and delighted, not just by the scenery and the architecture but also by the wonderful collection of books, arts and crafts that are displayed and sold inside. Part museum, part gallery, part shopping emporium and restaurant – this place is one of the reasons I’m glad I live in Yorkshire. The original mill was built by 19th century textile baron and philanthropist Titus Salt, who also built a whole town’s worth of houses for his mill workers to live in. Saltaire itself is now a world heritage centre and is really unspoilt in its beauty. In 1987 the disused mill was salvaged and redeveloped to become the arts and commerce centre it is today including the Hockney gallery, which houses many of this local artist’s work. If you get the chance, you should come and visit. It’s definitely one of my happy places.
Prints, pictures and paperbooks – you could lose yourself for hours discovering new things to read and look at. The non-fiction section also has an amazing selection of craft books plus a rack with some of my favourite magazines. Oh and the stationery is to die for – enough cards and notebooks to satisfy even me.
I love this little childrens’ reading space at one end of the bookshop, where my kids really got stuck in. Again, there is such a diverse and unusual array of books for kids of all ages, I could spend a fortune.
There are three other floors of artwork, merchandise and objet d’art to explore but I didn’t let my monsters run riot in case they knocked over a priceless Victorian vase (which are always filled with the most gloriously scented white lillies) but I’d like to bring them back and show them the Hockney collection one day. Instead, we headed for the great Salt’s Diner on site for some food and then a run around outside.
Have you ever been to Salts Mill?