This lovely newel post is in Accrington’s very first bank, the 1858 Manchester & Liverpool Bank, Eagle Street, which I am presently studying. It led to the bank clerk quarters above the banking hall. I love the simple flower motif, something which looks forward a couple of decades to the Arts & Crafts Movement of the 1890s.
It’s good to be working with Heritage Trust for the North West on the conservation of Lytham Hall at Lytham St. Annes. The stonework on this elevation is to be repainted, the white paint being replaced with an ochre which was discovered to be the original tone by paint conservator Nigel Leaney.
Lovely snow this morning
International Women’s Day is nearly over but, for my contribution, I’ve still got about 25 minutes to write something about Edna Walling (1895 – 1973), a British Australian landscape gardener whose work I find especially interesting. I would also say beautiful except that, since her work is in Australia, I have only seen it in photos, plans and a book about her called, The Unusual Life of Edna Walling, by Sara Hardy.
We may think the present snow is pretty bad but this photograph of Belthorn, Oswaldtwistle from Blackburn Museum’s Talbot Archive shows a much worse situation in 1958!
This weekend’s Talbot Conference centred on the marvelous photographic archive of the late Wally Talbot and his son, Howard. The father and son partnership photographed all aspects of Blackburn life from the 1930s to the 1990s. Their combined legacy of thousands of negatives and plates has recently been donated to the town and is now being painstakingly researched, catalogued and restored by Blackburn college photographer, Peter Graham. The restored photographs are steadily being published online on Blackburn Library’s “Cotton Town” website.
It’s a privilege to be working alongside The Prince’s Trust on a project to redecorate St. Oswald’s Community Hall, Knuzden, Blackburn. The team of volunteers comprises both young people and seasoned professionals. There is a distinctly positive air and a great enthusiasm for working through the issues and tackling the jobs from prep. to paint.