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The Lost Houses at Cliffe Castle

The Lost Houses exhibition is going up one last time before all the paintings are collected by their new owners. It will be on display At Cliffe Castle in Keighley from February 11th until April 23rd 2017.     I’m going to be in the museum all day on February 11th and April 1st to […]

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The Exhibition comes to Hebden Bridge!

On Monday August 1st (not long now!) my ‘Lost Houses of the South Pennines’ exhibition will come to Hebden Bridge Town Hall. Come and have a look at these large, colourful paintings of the regions lost houses, and find out about their rise and fall. High Sunderland Demolished by Calderdale council in 1951, High Sunderland […]

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The Lost Houses Book

I’ve been quiet for a few months. I’ve not been lazy; I’ve been working on something… In January, after two years of work, I opened my ‘Lost Houses of the South Pennines’ Exhibition at Bankfield Museum in Halifax. We all dressed up (and I mean some of us really dressed up!), drank champagne, danced and […]

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Oakworth House

As so many of my paintings do, this picture started out with a trip to the park… In Holden Park, at the heart of Oakworth village, used to stand a vast Italianate mansion built of Yorkshire stone. It was the creation of Isaac Holden. A remarkable house for a remarkable man. I did some investigation […]

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The History of New Cragg Hall

I love this house, and I love this story. This house is where the idea for the whole project came from. I completed the paintings first (there are two – there’s even a third, half finished), but have only just got around to writing up everything I learned. I apologise: It’s a long one… Before […]

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Littlemoor

¬†Of all the lost houses, Littlemoor has seemed the most illusive. It was these two photos that captured my imagination: Littlemoor, or Littlemore Castle as it became known locally, stood in Queensbury for only 45 years. It was built in 1891 for Herbert Anderton Foster, the grandson of John Foster, founder of Queensbury’s famous Black […]

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