Saltaire via Bolton Abbey

Today was a beautiful early autumn day so we headed off to North Yorkshire. Our main target was the model village of Saltaire, a UNESCO World Heritage site, but we stopped off briefly at Bolton Abbey on the way. We've enthused about Salts Mill before but in today's weather we added a tour of some of the best preserved Victorian buildings provided to his community by Sir Titus Salt.
The remains of Bolton Abbey
Saltaire's United Reform (originally Congregational) Church, opened in 1859
The Italianate portico
The bell tower topped by a fine cupola
Detail of columns supporting the portico

The surprisingly ornate interior
One of the two massive chandeliers
The hollow columns around the church have a 'Scagliola' finish
- a paint effect to simulate marble
The flower theme is throughout the church, here on the decorated ceiling...
... and even on the pews
The chandeliers were originally lit by gas, and now electrified
In the vestibule is a bust of a young Titus Salt, with alpacas around the base -
weaving with alpaca wool was an important part of Titus's commercial success
Across the river in Roberts Park is the former pavillion (now Half Moon Café)
with a statue of Titus on the flat roof
We didn't cross the river but here is a closeup of the statue on a more cloudy day
The church can be seen in the background
Single storey almshouses built round a garden area
Two storey almshouses opposite
Unusual feature added to roof to mark the opening in 1863
Victoria Hall, a place for 'recreation, culture and learning'
- today there was a wedding so we couldn't go in
Here's what we missed; there are five large rooms, all equally ornmate
We left Saltaire at about 5pm and drove home into the late, low Sun. Our return journey took us north-west, joining the A65 and following the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales: Skipton, Long Preston, Settle, Ingleton; then turning left to cross the moors, following the River Greta through Burton-in-Lonsdale, Melling, Hornby, Caton; then left across more moors to home, arriving just as the Sun was setting.

A perfect end to a perfect day.