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Thomas Wainwright

Bridge Foot, Castleford, Yorkshire

Details

Artist

Thomas Wainwright

Title

Bridge Foot, Castleford, Yorkshire

Date

1892

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

H: 50 x W: 109.5cm

Reference

CVCSC:0083.F

Collection

British Folk Art

Status

On Display

The artist Thomas Wainwright lived and worked in Castleford and many of his paintings of local scenes survive today in public and private collections. The lamp in the centre of the painting, at the junction of Aire Street and Bridge Street, was a popular meeting place and focus for events and public debate; so much so that it became known as ‘The Castleford Forum’. The bridge remains today, but the lamp and many of the buildings were demolished in 1964 to make way for a new road layout.

Thomas Wainwright Bridge Foot, Castleford, Yorkshire 1892 © Compton Verney