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Monday, 4 November 2013

Trevor Grimshaw

This is a picture that we've got by Trevor Grimshaw showing St George's Church and on the back of the drawing is a sticker showing where it was drawn:

My early 1960s A-Z shows that Vulcan Street ran between Cross Street and Boardman Street and parallel to Great Norbury Street:

Vulcan Street isn't named on the 1897 map of Hyde but it does show the passageway depicted in the drawing:


Werneth Low said...

Thank you Dave. This is just so beautiful. Have you any more?

Chris Han said...

From going to Greenfield St School, I remember Vulcan St and this passageway quite well.
The main entrance to 'Greenie' was on Jackson St and directly faced Boardman St.
At break time we would sometimes walk down Boardman St, past Vulcan St (which always stuck in my mind being a big Star Trek fan :)),then past the passageway, to a little shop that stood at the end of Boardman St called The Bottle Top.

On our stroll down we would often stand down this passageway having a few drags on a ciggie.

Dave Williams said...

Yes, Werneth Low, we've got a few more of Trevor's drawings and some other paintings and drawings of Hyde which I hope to feature here when I get round to taking photographs of them.

Gordon Ravenscroft Tavener said...

What a miserable, depressing picture. The area where it was done is depressing enough without having to catch it on canvass. All northern artist appear to look for the most ugly deprssing areas of their towns to draw. Lowery was the same, horrible art with deprssing backgrounds. I've got two originals of scenes of Hyde Town Hall and market by Stenen Scholes, I class these as art.

werneth Low said...

I have two water colors of Charles Smith which I'll photograph and send. More of Trevor's work would be lovely though.

Marjorie said...

To Mr Taverner.....everyone has different ideas of what is art. And as someone famous once said, "You don't have to like it."

Tom said...

Trevor was a brilliant artist and a man with a great eye for detail. I think his work is far from depressing and documents our industrial past in a fantastically original way. His work as inspired many artist and even photographers.
I could sing his praises all day long as an artist, as a man and a friend that is greatly missed.

Anonymous said...

To Gordon Ravenscroft Taverner (is that your real name ??) - Art is subjective. Whilst Steven Scholes is a very talented artist, for me, he doesn't capture the grime of Northern Towns quite like Trevor .

I love both Artists' work equally.

Trevor Horn.

Werneth Low said...

That's a very harsh criticism, Mr Taverner. Appreciation of art is very subjective. I love the work of Trevor Grimshaw - it's full of atmosphere and pathos which I can identify with. You mention Steven Scholes' work but I think to compare that with Trevor or Lowry is futile. I pondered long and hard about a year ago when I saw the Hyde Town Hall painting in Abbey Galleries as to whether I should buy it. It was highly priced but didn't quite do it for me. It was just another view of HTH, nothing special and certainly no WOW factor. We must agree to differ.

Anonymous said...

Barry in Oz. Mr Taverner, you have a right to your opinion. Personally I love Grimshaws art, it depicts life as it is/was in Hyde. As for Lowry, in my last visit to the UK I spent many hours at the Lowry Centre and viewed his magnificent collection there. Does 'Stenen" (or should that be Stephen) Scholes have a centre and Gallery where I can view his works ? I've never heard of him.

Werneth Low said...

Barry, Abbey Galeries, Market Street, Hyde, usually has a fair selection of Scholes' work. They have a website and Facebook page and are very friendly and helpful.

Anonymous said...

Barry in Oz. Many thanks Werneth, must visit there o my next visit.

Mike Brierley said...

An evocative and atmospheric picture. My Mum grew up on Boardman Street and she tells me that Vulcan Street was then locally called by the less poetic name of "the dirt back" on account of it being unpaved/cobbled.

MS_Boffin said...

Gordon Ravenscroft Tavener wrote:

"What a miserable, depressing picture. The area where it was done is depressing enough without having to catch it on canvass. All northern artist appear to look for the most ugly deprssing areas of their towns to draw. Lowery was the same, horrible art with deprssing (sic) backgrounds".

Clearly written by someone who hasn't taken the trouble to look at the work of the artists he chooses to criticise. There are many examples of Lowry's colourful and light-hearted depiction of Northern life and street scenes as well as landscapes of Scotland to contrast with his more sombre works that capture the industrialised northern towns as they used to be. You may not like the works of Lowry & Grimshaw but that does not make them "horrible".

john hardman said...

I took some colour photos in 1995 of the houses on and 'behind' Great Norbury Street near the railway station (including some on what would be Cross Street near what was the "Ten Houses" public house: clearance had started and the images are just random ones to use up some film, but they show buildings that have utterly gone. I don't use the Web except via this modest phone so I can't upload them at present, but they may be of interest to someone. It's clear that the properties were badly run-down but surely something more constructive could have been done with the land than to give it to yet another supermarket (I believe that housing was originally planned for what is now Morrisons on Mottram Road.