Fanny's Ale House.

Situated on the outskirts of Bradford is a small village called Saltaire. It is named after Sir Titus Salt who built a textile mill, known as Salts Mill and the village on the River Aire.

Designed by architects, Lockwood and Mawson, Salts Mill was opened on Sir Titus Salt's 50th birthday, 20 September 1853. In December 2001, Saltaire was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.


There is so much to do and see in Saltaire including vintage shops that stock clothing as well as typographic ephemera. I managed to pick up some nice examples of type design on wood blocks.




The village itself is stunning with architectural inspiration everywhere you look. The mill itself houses a large collection of work by the Bradford born artist David Hockney which is an incredible resource with no admission fee.

I could have bought the contents of the book shop on the first floor as well as emptying the stock of art and design materials.

I finished the day with a visit to Fanny's Ale House in Saltaire where this cosy pub with a coal fire houses brewing ephemera from the surrounding area as well as two large reverse painted, gilded mirrors. I visual treat for any one who enjoys typographic design and the Victorian craft of Verre églomisé.

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Signs by Umberto

Traditional signwriter based between West Yorkshire and Manchester specialising in reverse glass signs and gold leaf application.

All work © of Robert Walker - owner of Signs by Umberto.

Artwork except Knuckle on the pages Record Sleeves and Reading are not the work of Signs by Umberto and are on display only to showcase the inspiration to the sign writing.

All images copyright of Robert Walker 2017