Hurdsfield House, 1890

(blue dress)

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
obk 20  not listed recorded without number

View of man and woman skating together, another man behind, and Hurdsfield House in the background

Woven on silk:-
Hurdsfield House
Printed at bottom of card mount:-
Card mount:
19.5 cm deep by 23.7 cm wide

7.7 cm high by 10.3 cm wide

Technical Details supplied by Lewis Cowen:
First Sketch:    Mr Sidney Barlow
Design Draft:Mr James Norris
Card Cutter:Mr William Stubbs
Weaver:Mrs Ruth Collier
Design No:Y.1017
by Lewis Cowen:
HURDSFIELD HOUSE was the last issue to appear without a legand. From 1951 all woven silk pictures had one, giving some background information, but research indicates that this building was purchased in 1729 by William Brocklehurst, for the sum of 660. At that time it was known as Lower House, Hurdsfield, and was to become the home of John Brocklehurst (William's son) at about the time he joined the button firm of Acton & Street in 1745, remaining in the family for some generations.

Other comments:
This silk picture was also issued as a calendar, as well as the picture. Below is an image of just such a calendar.

The card mount is brown colour attached to a white backing, and has been seen in dark green. It is these coloured mounts which define the original issue of this silk picture. Several years later BWA realised their pictures were being bought as collectors items, and they seem to have reissued all the early ones mounted in a white card mount (as the main image above). It is probable however that the silks of these white reissued pictures came from the original weaving.

Brocklehurst-Whiston (BWA) silk image of The Hurdsfield House as an original calendar
image of this silk as a calendar
Brocklehurst-Whiston (BWA) silk image of The Hurdsfield House as an original calendar
image of the reverse of this silk as a calendar

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