Friday, 31 July 2009

Art & Advertising, early 20th C.

Calendars for customers: reproductions of paintings and charming period commercial art.
AJ Leeming, topside Westgate, Guisborough, where other Chemists continue; and WT Dixon, Grocery, both well established family businesses.

Bakehouse Square & Bow Street

Detail from lower left corner of the Knyff engraving of the Old Guisborough Hall, showing Bow St along the top edge of the frame.
Bakehouse Square this side of the left hand cottages fronting on Bow St. Circa 1707.

Bakehouse Square. Par. Reg. 12 March 1765. Thomas Richardson, Master of the Bakehouse.

Bakehouse Square cottage

Bakehouse Square, way to the beckside. Back of the Town Hall in the distance.

Bow Street

Rural serenity on a sunny day


"Good Little Lady Godiva" on the Bow Street Wailing Wall.
(Old "Fox Inn" and mounting steps on the left.)

Underneath the trees, John Dobson's Brakes waiting to carry passengers to Charltons. Large building on the left one of the 19th Century "developments". John Dobson's early transport business is chronicled in "The Charltonian" by John Dobson (grandson) and Philip Battersby. JB

Thursday, 30 July 2009

Market Place in the 18th Century

A detail from the engraving after a design by Leonard Knyff, of The Old Hall, in Bow Street, Guisborough, c 1708, and an image from "Turner's Early Sketchbooks, 1775-1802" by G Wilkinson, 1972: note the stepped plinth of the Market Cross, stallholders and customers and, in the engraving, the sign of the Cock over the inn door from where the famous artist JMW Turner made his drawing.

Walter Dack Brelstaff

Walter Dack Brelstaff was born, 1903, in the Workhouse which, in the course of time, became the Guisborough General Hospital, where he died in the year 2000. By birth he was a Guisborian, by trade a compositor, by nature a Co-operator, by experience a principled Union man. Had his start in life been more auspicious he would have made good at university. As it was, his feeling for language, literature and typographical design grew day by day through a long, practical life. His first essay in local history, a compilation in typescript from published sources upto 1936, was on Guisborough Priory. A history of the Guisborough Provident Industrial Society (otherwise The Co-op) entitled A Shop up Town was his last. Between the two, there was much reserach in the course of WEA and extra-mural classes, forming his contribution to Guisborough Before 1900.
The Walter Brelstaff Archive consists of his research notes and the images he collected over more than fifty years.