Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Haslingden In Art (55 pictures or sketches within our collection)



Here we have some fabulous paintings or artwork associated with Haslingden and Haslingden artist. The following examples have been kindly offered for show on the Haslingden Old and New facebook site, or sent in direct to the Blog.  If you have any contributions you would like to share with us all please get in touch at (bryan.yorke@sky.com)

Artist: Joyce Scholes

Charles Lane, Haslingden (Click over to enlarge)
Watercolour by J. Scholes

Kindly shared to our Facebook page by Michael Ryan who has had this hanging on his wall since work took him away in the 1970s. Reminders of Home -  Top of Charles Lane as a reminder of mum working at Flash Mill.


Robin Hood, Holcombe Road (Click over to enlarge)
Watercolour by J. Scholes

Kindly shared to our Facebook page by Michael Ryan who has had this hanging on his wall since work took him away in the 1970s. Reminders of Home -  Robin Hood for dad's tales of taking billy cans for a couple of pints for the lads when working at Holden Wood. 

Haslingden Old Road (Click over to enlarge)
Watercolour by J. Scholes

Kindly shared to our Facebook page by Michael Ryan who has had this hanging on his wall since work took him away in the 1970s.  Reminders of Home - Haslingden Old Road - As a memory of long summers play



Here are two more paintings above of Haslingden Grane by the same artist J. Scholes
Kindly shared to us by Nigel Higson

Painting of Musbury Valley by Joyce Scholes (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared to us by Geoffrey Hallam - also now archived in the Haslingden In Art


Higher Hollin Bank Farm - by Joyce Scholes (Click over to enlarge)
Tor Mile Race was held going up this track
Painting kindly shared to us by Geoffrey Hallam

The Station by J. Scholes
Kindly shared to us by Geoffrey Hallam

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Artist: Arthur Kirby


The Commercial (Click over to enlarge)
Watercolour by Arthur Kirby


Top Of Deardengate (Click over to enlarge)
Watercolour by Arthur Kirby

Market Place (Click over to enlarge)
Watercolour by Arthur Kirby

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Artist: Sam Fitton

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A drawing of Major David Halstead and called "Haslingdens "David"
by Sam Fitton (1922)



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A drawing of Major David Halstead and called "Our Major"
by Sam Fitton (1922)

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A drawing of Major David Halstead and called "The Major, The Antiquarian Major"
by Sam Fitton (1922)


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Artist (unknown)

View looking up Charles Lane from the end of Prospect Terrace (Click over to enlarge)

Watercolour kindly shared by Allan Bradshaw who's late cousin did the painting in the 90s.


Victoria Park (Click over to enlarge)

Watercolour kindly shared by Allan Bradshaw who's late cousin did the painting in the 90s.

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Artist: Sam Good


Wesleyan Chapel, Grane (Click over to enlarge)

Watercolour painting by Sam Good

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Artist: J. Warburton

Deserted School and farmhouses - Haslingden Grane (Click over to enlarge)

Watercolour by J. Warburton 1962

Owned and shared to us by Jacqueline Ramsbottom


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Artist: Nellie Tindley

A snow scene of Carr Mill and Martin Croft (Click over to enlarge)

Watercolour by Nellie Tindley and shared by her son in law Bob

painted Late January 1977, painted from the backyard of 302 Blackburn Road


Artist: John Holt


"Raingrane" (No.27)
watercolour by John Holt
On view in Haslingden Library

Artist: J.G. Hassell



St. Thomas Musbury - Spring

A beautiful charcoal drawing by J.G. Hassell (1983)

Kindly shared to us by Beverley Moore


Manchester Road Church, Haslingden (Click over to enlarge)
a fabulous charcoal print by John Hassell (1983)
Kindly shared to us by Alison May and uploaded here on 18th December 2016


Lower Bridge (Bridge End), Helmshore (Click over to enlarge)
a fabulous charcoal print by John Hassell (1983)
Kindly shared to us by Alison May and uploaded here on 18th December 2016 

Station Hotel, Helmshore by John G Hassell (1978)
Kindly shared to us by Mark Lyons


Artist: D.J. Sherburne


King George V and Queen Mary visit to Haslingden in 1913  (Click over to enlarge)
artist is D.J. Sherburne
(It seems the painting adorns several houses around our area)
Kindly shared to us by Terry McGuire

St. John's Church, Baxenden (click over to enlarge)
Artist is D.J. Sherburne
Photo: Kindly shared to us by Terry McGuire

Artist: Colin Reeve

A 4"x3" miniature of the Calf Hey Reservoir
A watercolour beautifully painted by Colin Reeve

Artist: Derek Woodhall

Cross Street North and South (Click over to enlarge)
oil painting by Derek Woodhall c1983
This painting adorned our walls at one time when we lived on Cross Street North.
Calf Hey - Haslingden Grane 1975 
Oil painting by Derek Woodhall c1975
kindly shared to us by Ray Whittaker

Artist: Unknown


Michael Davitt in the upper room of what is now the Haslingden Library (Click over to enlarge)
Author of this sketch unknown. It is time this beautiful artwork was included within the Haslingden In Art

Artist: Fizle Sagar




This is a beautiful work by local artist "Fizle" (now residing in France). This artwork is available for purchase on card or poster 



Artist: Liz Taylor
The Glass Tower
(liz.taylor157@gmail.com)
Musbury Tor with Park Mill Chimney by Liz Taylor (May 2018) 
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Peel Tower, Holcombe by Liz Taylor
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Musbury Tor by Liz Taylor
Should you have any queries about the above painting please contact Liz on the following

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Snighole Viaduct by Liz Taylor
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St. Thomas's Lychgate by Liz Taylor
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Stonefold Village by Liz Taylor
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Emmanuel Church, Holcombe by Liz Taylor
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East Lancashire Railway by Liz Taylor
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Stonefold by Liz Taylor
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Artist: G.W. Altham



Sketch of Sunnybank Cottages, Helmshore by G.W. Altham (Click over to enlarge)
Kindly shared to us by Peter Fisher

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M.E. Laffy c 1910


Micheal Laffy - standing and sittee awaiting portrait


Artist: M.E. LAFFY (1878-1949)  
(Notes written by Sean Laffy (Cashell, Ireland) - Grandson of M.E. Laffy

Micheal Edward Laffy was the son if Irish immigrants from Mayo, born in Haslingden on the 18th March 1878, he was apprenticed at age 14 to a Haslingden  Painters and Decorators. His talent was spotted early and generously nurtured, he went to night school in Manchester, progressing on to the Slade School of Art in London. At the Slade he was tutored by the French artist Rodin. After college he spent some time in Cornwall living with artists in the Newlyn School and then went on to Europe with extended stays in Austria and Switzerland.

On his return to the UK he took up the position as a scene painter with a travelling Theatre Company. He spent some time in Cheshire, where he met fellow valley girl Alice Maud  Fuller, she was the daughter of J.H Fuller, Poultry farmer of Marsden Square Haslingden..

Micheal was 32 and Alice 22 when the two married in 1908 at St Agnes Church West Kirkby on the Wirral. They soon returned to Haslingden where he started his own Painting and Decorating business. They lived at number 14 Pleasant Street and bought the house they occupied.

He continued his fine art work, in oils, water-olour and pastels. Many of his oils were portraits of famous people of the day or Haslingden notables. Unfortunately only one of his paintings in our collection is dated and the location of the subject known (Hutch Bank Cottages 1940). Most of the work we have retained as an extended family, was, I believe done to “keep his hand in”.

Other more finished works possibly exist in private collections,as he was known to work on commissions. None of his work that we own today is signed, which makes us believe the paintings were preparatory or demonstration pieces. We have a very small pocket book (circa 1910) where he lists work done and prices charged , these include Portrait of Mrs Baxter £3, and Romeo and Juliet £3 (possibly his payment for a theatrical production). 

Towards the latter end of his career, with less pressure from the financial strains of caring for a young family, he spent some time in the Yorkshire Dales, where he adopted a freer style, harking back to the vibrancy of the artists he had met in the Newlyn school fifty years before.  Some of  the work here has slight damage, and some has heavy layers of 100 year old varnish. The water-colour pieces are vibrant and on only one or two is there signs of foxing. 


M.E. Laffy self portrait



M.E. Laffy self portrait

 - Back High Street - Top O'th Town  (M.E. Laffy)
Painting scan kindly shared to us by Sean Laffy
Painting by M.E. Laffy
Painting photo kindly shared to us by Sean Laffy
St. James Church  (M.E. Laffy)
Painting photo kindly shared to us by Sean Laffy
Tower of the White Horse Inn - Top O'th Town  (M.E. Laffy)
Painting photo Kindly shared to us by Sean Laffy
Painting by M.E. Laffy
Painting photo kindly shared to us by Sean Laffy

Painting by M.E. Laffy

Painting photo kindly shared to us by Sean Laffy
Painting by M.E. Laffy

Painting photo kindly shared to us by Sean Laffy

Painting by M.E. Laffy

Painting photo kindly shared to us by Sean Laffy

This painting to me looks very much like it could be Top O'th Slate Quarry when they quarried shale in the manufacture of bricks.
Painting by M.E. Laffy

Painting photo kindly shared to us by Sean Laffy

Again this looks like a painting of a local quarry, although this time I would have thought perhaps the Musbury Heights quarries - It shows "flagstones" leant against the cabin which to me indicates the production of  "Haslingden flags"
Painting by M.E. Laffy

Painting photo kindly shared to us by Sean Laffy
Painting by M.E. Laffy

Painting photo kindly shared to us by Sean Laffy
Painting by M.E. Laffy

Painting photo kindly shared to us by Sean Laffy
Painting by M.E. Laffy

Painting photo kindly shared to us by Sean Laffy
Painting by M.E. Laffy

Painting photo kindly shared to us by Sean Laffy

I wonder if this is the area of Helmshore Road just below the Sports Centre which was a well known area in the past for "accumulation of snow"
Painting by M.E. Laffy
Of a property awaiting demolition at the Top O'th Town


Painting photo kindly shared to us by Sean Laffy