A local artist has teamed up with one of the town’s independent businesses to shine a spotlight on some of Northwich’s historical buildings.
Jim Stanley, who is from the town, has linked up the Northwich Art Shop to produce a series of six postcards which show off a range of Northwich and District’s heritage structures.
Buildings featured include St Helen’s Church, The Plaza, The Salty Dog, Northwich Library, Great Budworth village and The Penny Black, with Jim especially fond of creating unique perspectives of his home town.
Currently, Jim has work on display in Northwich’s Wetherspoon’s as well as private collections in the USA, Ireland, Australia and Italy with subjects covered ranging from sketches and portraits to landscapes.
Jim is delighted to be involved with a project of this nature and hopes people enjoy looking at the scenes as much as he enjoyed creating them.
“I’m really passionate about Northwich and capturing the beauty of our town,” said Jim. “Hopefully these sketches will really capture people’s imaginations and highlight the architectural beauty that can be found throughout the town.”
Northwich Art Shop owner Phil Bower is equally as enthused about the initiative as Jim and has explained a bit more about the town’s unique history.
“Northwich has a unique townscape that reflects its post-industrial history. Many of the traditional black and white buildings date from the early 20th century, rather than hailing from a more medieval dynasty,” commented Phil.
“The timber frames are built on rafts that allow buildings to be lifted to counter the effects of subsidence resulting from the myriad of mine workings that ran under the town centre. The old mine workings have now been stabilised – but you can still see the after effects and a rather peculiar ‘level’ in some of our buildings.”
The postcards can be found on sale at Northwich Art Shop, 111 Witton Street and at Abda Café, 2 Crown Street.
You can see more of Jim’s work over on his Facebook page.