This is Salt’s Mill in Saltaire, England. It was built in 1853 by Titus Salt, a British manufacturer, well-known for his creation of alpaca cloth, which became fashionable in 19th-century England. The textiles industry was important to Yorkshire, and the county was at the heart of the industrial revolution, an event without which we would not have the modern world we live in today.
In today’s world, however, the machines of the industrial era have given way to automated assembly lines, and there is no need for places like this any more. The textile machines of Salt’s Mill have been replaced by office space and an art gallery, and time marches ever forwards. Places like this are important, as they serve as reminders of our past, with both the good and the bad. We need to remember the past, for without it there is no way to see the future.