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Part 6: Our Man from the Roannais in David Hockney’s England! by Brian Franklin

Well, we’re in David Hockney territory this time with a sensational trip to Salt’s Mill, Saltaire, near Bradford. And, not only that, but we travel even further to discover the many historical delights of York, and a visit to the Lancashire village of Ilkley. This, of course, also includes introducing ‘Our Man from the Roannais’ (Jean-Marc, that is) to the scenic beauty and villages of Saddleworth, our home in good ol’ England.

So, we begin by arriving in Saddleworth ‘hot foot’ from our wanderings around the pastures of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, and the brilliant Yorkshire Sculpture Park.


Saddleworth lies to the west of the principal Pennine watershed.  Historically, a Township in the Agbrigg Wapentake of the West Riding of Yorkshire; Saddleworth was, however, a Chapelry within the parish of Rochdale until 1869 when it achieved parish status.  Although still part of the historic County of Yorkshire, Saddleworth is now part of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham.