Visiting Blackwell Arts and Crafts House

Visiting Blackwell Arts and Crafts House

Last weekend saw us up in Cumbria visiting Blackwell, an Arts and Crafts house around three miles from Windermere and one of our favourite places.     What was the Arts and Crafts Movement?   The Arts and Crafts Movement was basically  a reaction to the industrial revolution. It was championed by John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) and William Morris (1834 – 1896), amongst others, who believed that Victorian mass production...

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A painting of butterflies – The Fritillaries of Barkbooth Lot

A painting of butterflies – The Fritillaries of Barkbooth Lot

This painting of butterflies will be on display at Castle Park Arts Centre in Frodsham between 11th April – 18th May, alongside my new painting of a Little Owl. For details, do have a look at the Association of Animal Artists website. This work was inspired by the butterflies at Barkbooth Lot, a beautiful mixed oak and alder woodland with attached grassland, managed by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust. We were especially lucky to see the High...

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Medieval lead mining

Medieval lead mining

As I stood in the ruins of Furness Abbey, I wondered…what was the roof made of, when this building was in its prime in the twelfth century? Our village church has a lead covered roof, but it is substantially smaller. And if they did use lead in medieval Cumbria, where did it come from? So I thought I’d see what I could find out about medieval lead mining.       Well, lead mines did indeed exist in Cumbria (and also in...

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Furness Abbey – an atmospheric ruin.

Furness Abbey – an atmospheric ruin.

Furness Abbey lies, abandoned in rain-drenched seclusion, in a valley in  southern Cumbria. A vast expanse of red sandstone, it’s ruined now, of course. Some of the large church is still standing, but you can see the crack running up one of the walls. And you can’t ignore the feat of modern engineering that is holding it all up. But somehow it doesn’t detract from the atmosphere especially when, on a bleak winter’s day,...

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