Yorkshire West Riding Historical John Speed 1610 Map
A reproduction of John Speed's historical map of the county of West Yorkshire. Originally published as part of his atlas called The Theatre of the Empire of Great Britain in 1610. John Speed ((1552-1629) was a renowned English cartographer, his maps themselves were of high quality and gained a great reputation for being among the best county maps
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Saltaire United Reformed Church, Yorkshire, England
Saltaire United Reformed Church is one of England's most precious Victorian architectural gems. The church, built by Sir Titus Salt in 1859 near Bradford, West Yorkshire, is a unique example of Italianate religious architecture. It boasts many architecturally and historically important features and has been described as a classic aCathedral of Congregationalisma.
Sir Titus commissioned architects Lockwood and Mawson to design the building, as they had designed a number of other important Italianate buildings in Bradford City centre.
The Mausoleum built onto the church contains the remains of Sir Titus Salt himself.
Saltaire is an exceptionally complete and well preserved industrial village of the second half of the 19th century, located on the river Aire. Its textile mills, public buildings, and workers housing are built in a harmonious style of high architectural quality and the urban plan survives intact, giving a vivid impression of the philanthropic approach to industrial management.
Saltaire is named after Sir Titus Salt who built a textile mill and housing for his workers.
In 2001 the historic industrial village including this church was placed on the Unesco World Heritage list
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A Blenkinsop Locomotive at a Yorkshire Colliery, 1814, (1945). Creator: Unknown
A Blenkinsop Locomotive at a Yorkshire Colliery, 1814, (1945). Man smoking a pipe, and a Blenkinsop steam locomotive at Middleton colliery near Leeds, West Yorkshire. Mining engineer and inventor John Blenkinsop (1783-1831) designed the first practicable steam locomotive, the Salamanca, in 1812. It operated by means of a rack and pinion system. Richard Trevithick had built a steam locomotive in 1805 for Wylam colliery, but it had been too heavy for the cast iron rails it was meant to run on. Middleton colliery laid iron edge rails, which were stronger than those used at Wylam. Blenkinsop went on to build three further locomotives for the colliery, which carried on operating on the railway into the 1830s. In the meantime, further improvements in rail design meant that heavier adhesion locomotives could be used, superseding Blenkinsop's rack and pinion engines. From "British Railways", by Arthur Elton. [Collins, London, 1945]
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