Lowry in Stockport

23 thoughts on “Lowry in Stockport”

  1. The houses in present-day Crowther St are, of course, not the ones Lowry painted. They are comparatively recent – built in a sort of ‘heritage’ version of Stockport housing. I remember Crowther St when I was much younger, the houses empty, derelict, then demolished. Great posting – as is your report of the walk through Woodbank Park.

  2. I didn’t realise that, Michael. I only stood at the end of the street and must admit I didn’t look too closely at the houses. Did the old houses have a wash over the brickwork?

    1. I’m almost certain that the original Crowther Street houses were plain brick. Could be wrong of course – happens more often than I’m comfortable with!

  3. Absolutely loved this post, love the blog and its entire concept. Great pic of old Stockport starts it off with old J S himself. Have lived in Stockport suburbs since 1978 and know the town well. In that view only the steps down and river remain this side of the viaduct. Mill still there but derelict and all chimneys gone. Didnt even know about Crowther St so must go see it. Will be following this highly interesting blog til the end of the journey – you treally should turn this into a book! Congrats!

    1. Thanks, lad, for those kind words. I’m glad you find interesting reading here. The next instalment of the Mersey walk has been walked – it just remains to write it up!

      1. Look forward to seeing it. Know parts of the next section of the Mersey well. Where the pyramid mow stands plus the BMW garage et all and further downriver used to be site of one of Stockports main tips circa 1880-1900. There was also once a mill down the river there. Also once down there at the end was a large old steam loco shed known as Heaton Mersey Gowhole. It was actually built on top of said tip! As you go further downstream near Didsbury you come to a ford which was known as Royal Ford as apparently some royalty crossed it. Believe its now known as Heaton Mersey Weir and its probably very different to when I was last there in the mid 1970s. Nearby used to be an old bleach works which once had a huge chimney.

        Keep up the good work, I look forward to following your progress.

    1. Thank you, Nadine. When I used the photos in my post I didn’t really ask myself who took them. A little bit of Internet research and I’ve found out that they were taken by Crispin Eurich. He was the son of a painter and initially he intended to follow in his father’s footsteps, so began training at Southampton Art College. But after winning first prize in a 1950s Photokina competition, he changed direction. This website says that collections of postcards and books with photo-illustrations by Crispin Eurich are available at “The First” Gallery, Southampton, and by mail order.(http://bit.ly/OitN2n) The First Gallery, 1 Burnham Chase, Bitterne, Southampton SO18 5DG Tel. 023 80 462723 email Margery@TheFirstGallery.com Good luck!
      E-mail (please follow link)

      See also http://bit.ly/OitRiH

  4. I enjoyed this. I’ve often thought of doing a similar journey myself.
    I even asked The Lowry gallery about the drawing of those old steps, and they weren’t sure where it was.

    I can see why you were drawn to those steps near the market, especially with the street lamp. However the more I think about it, I’m sure the actual steps either don’t exist any more, or Lowry’s drawing was a composite, or fictitious steps that were similar to Meal House Brow.

    It’s interesting to document local buildings and views, because places do change over the years. I think Lowry had an eye for making his art. He painted things people usually see on an everyday basis/pass everyday without thinking much about it.

  5. Thanks for introducing me to gems from new (to me) Stockport artists.
    Also for reminding me of my childhood in 1950s south Manchester and visits to the UCP tripe shop and the cheese hall in Stockport.
    Proud to recall my Uncle Leslie’s (Suggett) achievement in the early sixties in persuading the council of Swinton and Pendlebury to purchase some bold charcoal/soft pencil, early Lowry drawings and later help give him the freedom of Salford.
    Also to recall Ian Downes, fellow pupil at Cheadle Hulme School talk of visits by Lowry to his parents house in Cheshire for Sunday lunch.
    Chris Lowe

  6. I loved your posts – as family historian I am just beginning to know something of the historical places of my ancestors. Of course they go back to the 17 and 1800’s but it is still good to see the changes over time. Without this input I would have no idea of were my ancestors came from pictorially. The bit about the hat factory interested my as I have found a Solomon Warhurst – hatter amongst many others
    Thank You

    1. Thanks for that, Jenny. I sense your family have moved far away from south Manchester! Solomon sounds like he might have been an interesting guy. There is a hat museum in Stockport, though I’ve never been.

  7. Noted your providing our contact-details in your reply, and thank you for it, but strictly speaking we only allow our images to be reproduced under controlled conditions. Margery [as in margery@the first…] is the other part of “The First” Gallery, but I deal with Crispin Eurich’s archive (Paul CrispinEurich com). We don’t, and can’t, police the entire Net and ban the free use of this iconic image, but we do ask that you edit your pages and add our (c)-notice and contact-details as a caption under each image, not buried in your posts and replies. Please tell us where you sourced these copies. Thank you. If you have copy of “Lowry Himself” [1987], our contact-details are in there, but other publications, some from reputable publishing-houses, have published without seeking permission, so I can’t blame you individually. But (c)-fees and print-sales are our only source of funding, to keep Crispin Eurich’s name in front of the public, so links like I’m asking for here, are part of that.

    On another thread: somewhere in the Lowry literature (can’t recall the exact source) is a comparison with his Crowther Street Steps and the original view. Although these houses have been rebuilt, he did make subtle alterations from the properties he would have seen in the flesh. I’m sure the article shows a contemporary photograph. Can’t see why folks express surprise at him ‘mucking about’ with all this imagery: he was an ARTIST, for God’s sake!!

    1. Paul, I’m sorry to have stepped over the line on this. I must say, as an ordinary joe in the age of google image search it’s bewildering to know what is restricted and what is just in general circulation. However, if you’re happy for the two images to remain on this post I will certainly add your details to the caption (I’ve done it). They are both low-resolution and no-one could get a decent print off them I would think. I found both photographs by doing a Google image search. The one of ‘Lowry standing at the top of the Wellington Bridge steps’ (where he’s looking left) I found here: http://www.lowry.co.uk/lowry-stockportviaductphoto.html (it’s also on this Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/yearscomeandgo/ls-lowry/). The other one I found here: http://www.focsle.org.uk/first/crispin/index.htm.

      1. That’s fine. Don’t feel bad about it, and I agree about the confusion. Sites themselves (like flickr, yahoo, tumblr, etc. and [probably Pinterest) automatically add the “fact” that images posted are Creative Commons, which they are only if they’re not copyrighted. They auto-add this to protect themselves, but of course it can misinform other viewers. Thanks for the amendment. I’ll follow up those other sites.

  8. Hello Gerry,

    I came across your very informative and helpful blog when researching for Making Headway, a 2014 Arts Council project at the National Hat Museum, Hat Works, at Stockport, and having visited Stockport recently, to research the couture hat collection I will create in due course, for Making Headway, very pertinent.

    Following my recent visit I find the iconic images of Stockport by Lowery and other notable local artists that you have posted here very helpful, as well as the background information contained in your blog.

    In due course the collection I create will be exhibited at the Hat Museum, and images posted on my website http://www.margaretwoodliffwright.com.

    Thank you for your blog.

  9. Hi Gerry,

    I’m desperately trying to locate the ‘stockport viaduct’ 1958 on print for my grandparents 50th Wedding Anniversary (I.e important!)
    Do you have any idea where I could find this? I’m really struggling!


    1. Well, Natalie, having missed the original at auction in 2012 (sold for around £18,000!), I can only suggest that you get in touch with Stockport Art Gallery to see if they do a print. The trouble is, that if an artwork is in a private collection there may be no licensed images available. Good luck! Stockport Art Gallery, Wellington Road South, Stockport, SK3 8AB
      Telephone: 0161 474 4453

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