Beginning in Cragg Vale

I have started the project with Cragg Hall, mainly because Hebden Bridge History Society have some fantastic images in their archive up at the Birchcliffe Centre.

I was familiar with the image of the house standing in the valley,

Cragg Hall

but the archive provided me with beautiful details of the grounds, like these ones:

The Archway at Cragg Hall

Standing on the opposite side of the valley, looking towards the site, it is difficult to place the house s it is so grown up with huge trees. From the photos, I have started this painting:

cragg hall painting 1 first stage

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