When I showed the drawing of Vulcan Street by Trevor Grimshaw recently one of the comments on the post mentioned the Abbey Gallery at the top end of Market Street near the Dowson Road junction. I was passing there yesterday and noticed in the window some paintings by Owen Traynor and a few others of local scenes by other artists. This is a photograph I took which shows a painting by Owen Traynor of the War Memorial, one by him of the cottages at the top of Higham Lane and one of St George's Church by an unknown artist.
We've got a few drawings and paintings by Charles C Smith and on the back of some of them is this information about the artist. There are also little stickers showing his address as Mansfield Crescent, Denton.
'Tame Valley and Gee Cross Mill'
'Hyde Town Hall'
No title on this picture, but I don't think it needs one
There's also no title on this picture, but it's in the Werneth Low Country Park
The following email from Claire Hufnagel was received by us recently. I do hope someone can help her.
Over to Claire...
I wonder if you could please help me.
I was given this information (see below) about The
Bridge Inn as it could refer to either Samuel Smith my gggrandfather
who died in 1854, and who appears in the previous censuses as a beer
seller in Hoviley Brow, Hoviley Lane & Hoviley Bridge, or his son
Samuel Smith who figues in the 1861 Census and his widow
Martha Ann Smith (née Turner) in 1881 as running a pub at 14 Cheapside. No name
of the place appears at 14 Cheapside in 1861, 1871 or 1881.
But in the 1891 and 1901 Censuses, with different owners,
this address, 14 Cheapside, has the name "Hatters Arms".
In 1911, it is still a pub but no name.
Do you know anything about this change of names.
Do you know if The Bridge Inn and the Hatters Arms are the same
Inn, 14 Cheapside, Godley. Owners: *Walker and Homfrays, was Watson, Woodhead and
Wagstaffe. The Bridge Inn was a beerhouse near the bottom of Cheapside, so named
because of its proximity to the bridge crossing Hoviley Brook." (There was once
a ford at this point known as Hoviley Ford.)
Inn was established around 1856 by Samuel Smith and in 1916 the
renewal of the licence was refused because there were too many licenced houses
in the area; within two hundred yards there were two fully licenced and two off
licences. The owners of the Bridge Inn, Watson, Woodhead and Wagstaffe, a
Salford brewery, stated in their defence that over the past five years they had
spent over £22 pounds on alterations, and the landlord, Frederick Scott,
protested that he had just purchased three dozen
new beer glasses."
Information taken from "A
History of the Pubs of Hyde and District" , by Paul Taylor
* Walker & Homfrays of Salford was registered as a brewery in 1896
(though appears to have been in existence earlier than that) and was
bought out by Wilsons of Newton Heath in 1949. In 1929 Walker &
Homfrays themselves had bought up the Creeses Brewery in Hyde.
Although we've got a couple of pictures by Owen Traynor I didn't know anything about him till I started to put this post together. He has his own website, which you can access here and below is an extract from that site telling you about Owen.
"Born in Ashton-u-Lyne in 1934, Owen has always lived in Dukinfield. Took an interest in drawing as soon as he could hold a pencil and the fascination with depicting the things he saw around him has never waned. Educated at St Mark's School, Dukinfield and the County Grammer School, Hyde. Began painting seriously in oils at the age of thirteen when many of his subjects were taken from local scenes and he also experimented with more decorative and abstract themes.
After National Service in the army where he served in the Canal Zone, Egypt, he took a teacher training course at Bretton Hall College of Education, near Wakefield. This was a specialist college for art teachers. From 1958 he taught art at West Hill Sc hool, Stalybridge as head of Art Department and many of his pupils have retained their interest in the subject, quite a few becoming professional artists.
Due to an eye infection he had to abandon oil painting for a while and during this period a colleague gave him a set of watercolour paints to try. He took to this most difficult medium at once and the oil he was working on remained unfinished. He never tried oils again. He retired from teaching in 1985 to devote the rest of his time to painting and has been busy ever since. He held his first one-man exhibition in 1968 and his work has been in demand since then. He was the winner of the first Glossop Pro Loco Competition. In 1985 he won the Manchester Council/Manchester Evening News Painting Competition.
Has been awarded prizes by the Society of British Painters and the British Watercolour Society. Commissions have been completed for people throughout Britain and for Greater Manchester Police, Hyperlast, Barclays Bank and Manchester University to mention a few. Reproductions of his work have been published by Felix Rosensteil's Widow and Sons, London and Portfolio Fine Art, Manchester. His work was selected many times for the Laing Competition and he was presented with the Yorkshire Television Award for Painting."
These are the two pictures which we have have for several years: