Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington, Lancashire, UK by Sandra Cockayne

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The mansion house now known as the Haworth Art Gallery was originally called Hollins Hill and belonged to Mr William Haworth JP (Ex-Mayor of Accrington) and his sister.

The Haworth has a fascinating history and to this day it is not completely researched. The house originally called Hollins Hill was built in Edwardian Tudor style for William Haworth J.P. (1849-1913) by Yorkshire architect Walter Brierley. The park area covers an area of 3.2 hectares including grass, woodland, shrubbery and formal gardens. Originally known as Hollins Hill Park, after the name of William’s home. The park and mansion subsequently became known as Haworth Park and Haworth Art Gallery in recognition of the family and their generous gift for the public to enjoy.

Williams father Thomas was a leading textile manufacturer in Accrington, owning over one thousand looms. William continued to run the business after Thomas died in 1891. William and his sister Anne moved into Hollins Hill in 1909, but four years later in 1913 William died leaving Anne to manage the house, grounds and stables until her death in 1920. William, like his father before him was a well thought of employer, a staunch liberal and supporter of the Mechanics Institute, the Public Library, Accrington Victoria Hospital, the Amateur Operatic Society and Choral Union. In bequeathing their home and its grounds to the Accrington Corporation, Anne fulfilled her brother’s desire to provide art for a magnificent Art Gallery in his native town. Hollins Hill opened to the public as Haworth Art Gallery and Park on 21 September 1921.

When Miss Haworth died in 1920 her will bequeathed the house and grounds to the Borough with a view to the grounds being laid out as a park and the house being used an Art Gallery. The bequest also contained the sum of £28,000 for the maintenance of the house and grounds. She also bequeathed a number of valuable pictures and various items of household effects for display in the gallery.

Both Mr Haworth and his sister were known to be collectors of paintings and so the bequest was of exceptional value.

It was felt at the time, the re-naming to Haworth Art Gallery and Park would be a fitting monument to the character of brother and sister William and Anne and their gift to Accrington and their great affection for the town of Accrington.

I wanted to achieve an almost “pen and ink” type of effect with this grand and beautiful building. Shot taken at the crack of dawn, on a very cold day, with fellow bubbler Irene Burdell.

Sony A200.
Sony 18-70mm lens.
1 handheld shot tonemapped and tweaked using Dynamic Photo HDR.
Orton Effect done in Photoshop Elements 7.
Layers and my own texture added using Gimp 2.6 free download.

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 3 years ago

    Awesome Sandra. Love it. Don.

  • Thank you very much Don for your lovely compliments – so pleased you like it! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • TheBaldyMan
    TheBaldyManover 3 years ago

    Beautiful image and processing Sandra. Must have fave

  • Why thank you kind sir! So pleased you like it enough to honour it with a fave – greatly appreciated! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • Sherri     Nicholas
    Sherri Nic...over 3 years ago

    Sandi, what a beautiful image..and you di such a wonderful job of making it look mor it!!
    Interesting story ..I love to hear about different fascinating places around the world..thank you for sharing!!
    Sherri..wishing you well and blessings

  • What a super response Sherri, thank you very much, so pleased you like it! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 3 years ago

    Great processing Sandi, I don’t usually like orton but you’ve nailed it here!

  • Thank you Colin, so pleased you like it hun! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 3 years ago

    Haven’t got used to this ‘orton effect’ but however you have worked it, it has truly enhanced this image and its a fave for me, Sandi. xx

  • Thank you very much Angie for your super compliments and especially for the fave – they’re greatly appreciated hunny! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • inkedsandra
    inkedsandraover 3 years ago

    Never visited here though always meant to! I like the effect you have got here!

  • You won’t be disappointed Sandra, it’s a beautiful building – thanks very much for your super comments, they’re greatly appreciated hunny ! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 3 years ago

  • Thank you for your welcome Kathy! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 3 years ago

    I have one looks exactly like this .
    Lovely shot Sandra xx

  • Really!!!!? Thanks for your comments and compliments my friend, they’re very much appreciated love! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 3 years ago

    An impressive building, beautifully captured in very early morning light!
    Great interesting narrative too, well done Sandi!

  • Thank you so much Trish for your super compliments – so pleased you like it! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

  • trish725
    trish725over 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much for choosing this as a feature! – Am over the moon, and thrilled to bits! S:)x

    – Sandra Cockayne

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