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"Autumn in an English Village", Watercolour by Calverley Artist, Fred Swaine (Calverley)
Colour imageUndated. This small but detailed watercolour painting is the work of Calverley artist, Fred Swaine. He painted many scenes of Calverley and the surrounding locality and so we would be interested to know the location of this one. Fred Swaine (1858-1942) had lived and worked in Calverley all his life. He began work as a weaver at the age of 12 and progressed to the occupation of loom tuner and, eventually, to that of a power loom overlooker. However, Fred Swaine is best known for his detailed work depicting the 19th and early 20th century life and landscape of Calverley, offering a window onto a bygone time.
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Apperley Bridge spanning the River Aire from a watercolour by Fred Swaine (Calverley)
Black & White imageUndated. Image shows a watercolour by Fred Swaine depicting Apperley Bridge. A paved ford had once existed here before the first bridge was built in the late 16th/ early 17th century. The ford was originally the only crossing point of the River Aire between Kirkstall and Bingley. It was used extensively by travellers, including the 'travelling scotchman' packers from the north. The present bridge dates from c1780 to 1800 and is built in stone with two arches. It is Grade II listed. Copyright Fred Swaine.
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Apperley Bridge, Ox Field Farm (Calverley)
Colour imageUndated. Watercolour painting by local artist Fred Swaine showing Ox Field Farm at Calverley Wood Bottom near Apperley Bridge. Copyright Fred Swaine.
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Back Lane, now known as Blackett Street, showing the farm run by James Hall, watercolour by Fred Swaine (Calverley) (3 comments)
Colour imageUndated. View of Back Lane, re-named Blackett Street after the Blackett family of Wallington into which the Calverley family married in the mid 1700s. It is from a painting by Fred Swaine (1858 - 1942), a local man. The view looks from the direction of Town Gate, just past the junction with Clarke Street. The farm belonged to James Hall but it was demolished in 1930. Several cows are standing in the road. Copyright Fred Swaine.
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Blackett Street, Blacksmith's shop (Calverley) (8 comments)
Black & White imageUndated. View of Blacksmith's hard at work and thought to have been taken in the village smithy located at the bottom of Blackett street (formerly Back Lane). (Information from 'Calverley in Bygone Days' by Christopher Brown). There is a local legend that the poem 'The Village Blacksmith', composed by American Poet Henery Wadsworth Longfellow in 1840, was inspired by this smithy. The name Langfellow can be traced back to the early 16th century in Calverley, when one of three brothers, Peter Langfellow, became a vicar of Calverley in 1510. One of the other brothers, William, perhaps provides the lineage for the poet. One of Wiliam's descendents, another William, married Elizabeth Thorton at Calverley Church in 1646. They resided at Horsforth where Longfellow maintained his English ancestors originated. It was possibly their son, William, who emigrated from Yorkshire to Newbury, Massachusetts in 1676, who was the last of Henry Wadworth Longfellow's English ancestors. The poet was known to have come to England and may have visited the towns and villages associated with his ancestry. There is some doubt about the location and any further information would be much appreciated.
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