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About the artist

John Hewitt trained as a fine artist and printmaker and has completed a PhD on the role of memory in reportage drawing. Since 2015 he has been making daily sketchbook drawings that are largely rooted in the encounters of dog walking. Selected images are reworked into digital prints. John’s work has been extensively published and shown in Britain and abroad. Examples are housed in collections that include the V&A, the Museum of London and the Government Art Collection. John was awarded the Hugh Casson Prize for Drawing at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2016 and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art.

John Hewitt - Weavers Factory Exhibition

A Selected Visual History of Uppermill
The Weavers Factory, 6th April - 28th April, 2019

John Hewitt’s Selected Visual History of Uppermill originated through his practise of daily sketchbook entries. Produced over two-years his drawings depict significant elements of local architecture and industry which have shaped the contemporary community. The timeline for John’s project mirrors the age of Joan Charney’s house, which has now become the Weavers Factory.

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John Hewitt - Weavers Factory
90.00

Name: Weavers Factory
Type: Gilcee Print, 300gsm, fine art smooth rag paper
Size: 240mm x 200mm
Edition: Signed Limited Edition of 50

The Weaver’s Factory, seen from behind. This former home of the artist, textile designer and educator Joan Charnley is part of a row built in the first decade of the 19th century. While its front elevation gives the appearance of an elegant Georgian town house, the rear aspect is made in the traditional style of Saddleworth weavers’ cottages. The long rows of mullioned windows provided maximum daylight for the hand-looms on the upper floors. These were accessed by taking-in doors, most of which were blocked up long ago and the staircases removed.

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John Hewitt - Civic Hall
90.00

Name: Civic Hall
Artist: John Hewitt
Type: Gilcee Print, 300gsm, fine art smooth rag paper
Size: 240mm x 200mm
Edition: Signed Limited Edition of 50

A single White Rose flag flying outside the Civic Hall on the 1st August; Yorkshire Day. The Civic Hall was originally built as a Mechanics Institute, using funds raised by the Great Saddleworth Exhibition of 1853. Yorkshire Day memorialises the battle of Minden, fought on 1st August 1759, where Yorkshire troops wore white roses in their hats while trouncing the French. It also commemorates the achievements of William Wilberforce, one-time MP for Yorkshire, who played a pivotal part in bringing about the abolition of slavery in the British Empire, on 1st August 1838.


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John Hewitt - Dam Head Mill
90.00

Name: Dam head Mill
Artist: John Hewitt
Type: Gilcee Print, 300gsm, fine art smooth rag paper
Size: 240mm x 200mm
Edition: Signed Limited Edition of 50

Dam Head millpond, reduced to a puddle in the heatwave of June 2018. The pond was established in the 1780s to drive the waterwheel of John Platt’s carding or scribbling mill. The pond later served the steam-powered Albion Mill of 1854, which still stands in a variously modified form. The building was converted to residential use in 1987 and renamed Willowbank. It remains fully occupied to this day.

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John Hewitt - Saddleworth Fold
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Name: Saddleworth Fold
Artist: John Hewitt
Type: Gilcee Print, 300gsm, fine art smooth rag paper
Size: 240mm x 200mm
Edition: Signed Limited Edition of 50

These houses form one of the oldest settlements in the parish. The house on the right is dated 1699. The hamlet was visited around 1850 by the London Morning Chronicle journalist, Angus Bethune Reach. He described the people of Saddleworth as a ‘hardy, industrious and primitive race.’ Reach met a robust octogenarian whose home had three handlooms and spinning jennies on the top floor and whose whole family was engaged in the domestic production of flannel and doeskin. The tight-fisted patriarch paid them no monetary wages but dispensed cash if they wanted to go to a fair.


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John Hewitt - Two White Geese
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Name: Two White Geese
Artist: John Hewitt
Type: Gilcee Print, 300gsm, fine art smooth rag paper
Size: 240mm x 200mm
Edition: Signed Limited Edition of 50

The two white geese who live on Dam Head millpond. They leave the pond each spring for the verges of New Street and Station Road, while Canada geese roost temporarily on the pond. As soon as the Canadian fledglings are old enough they are marched down to the canal, and the white geese take up residency for another year. 


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John Hewitt - Ceramic Hen
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Name: Ceramic Hen
Artist: John Hewitt
Type: Gilcee Print, 300gsm, fine art smooth rag paper
Size: 240mm x 200mm
Edition: Signed Limited Edition of 50

A ceramic chicken, with chips. This French egg holder belonged to Joan Charnley, who inherited it from her mother. It has lost its beak along the way.


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John Hewitt - Know Thyself
90.00

Name: Know Thyself
Artist: John Hewitt
Type: Gilcee Print, 300gsm, fine art smooth rag paper
Size: 240mm x 200mm
Edition: Signed Limited Edition of 50

Know Thyself; wise words on the Hearse House at St Chad’s church, above Uppermill. A place of worship has stood here since 1215, though the present church dates from the 1830s. The site of the original church was re-determined by fairies who moved the building materials up here, away from their nest near Brown Hill bridge. Following the demolition of the old church some of its more attractive stones returned down the hill, salvaged by the antiquarian George Shaw. He incorporated them into the fabric of his architectural fantasy, St Chad’s House, which is now Uppermill Library.

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John Hewitt - St. Chad's House
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Name: St. Chad’s House
Artist: John Hewitt
Type: Gilcee Print, 300gsm, fine art smooth rag paper
Size: 240mm x 200mm
Edition: Signed Limited Edition of 50

A face at the window. This stone head carved in the form of a green man can be found at the back of Uppermill Library, otherwise know as St Chad’s House. The inscription recalls that a wooden house stood on this spot in Elizabethan times. It was replaced in the Stuart era by a stone farmhouse known as Upper Mill. This was rebuilt in 1794 and further transformed when the antiquarian and architect George Shaw reclad the structure in a ‘Tudorbethan’ manner during the 1840s, using decorative masonry rescued from the demolished medieval church of St Chad’s. Another of Shaw’s antique finds hangs inside the building. It is a heraldic panel that has recently been identified as part of the wedding bed of King Henry VII. It went unrecognised for many decades, but when a request was made for the panel to be reunited with the rest of the bed, the parish council nobly refused to let it go.


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John Hewitt - Uppermill Viaduct
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Name: Uppermill Viaduct
Artist: John Hewitt
Type: Gilcee Print, 300gsm, fine art smooth rag paper
Size: 240mm x 200mm
Edition: Signed Limited Edition of 50

The viaduct crossing the Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Brownhill. Its 23 arches were built in 1849 by the Huddersfield and Manchester Railway Company. The nervous author of the Household Words article about the Great Saddleworth Exhibition of 1853 noted how ‘The railway with the electric telegraph, the high road, the canal and the river, all run side by side within the breadth of a hundred yards of each other. The country is very thinly populated, and except when the mills are loose, there is an oppressive sense of loneliness. At every turn the hills shut out the world more and more, until it seems a wonder how we ever got here, or how we are ever to get out.’

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John Hewitt - Peterloo Jug
90.00

Name: Peterloo Jug
Type: Gilcee Print, 300gsm, fine art smooth rag paper
Size: 240mm x 200mm
Edition: Signed Limited Edition of 50

The Peterloo jug, from Saddleworth Museum. On 16 August 1819 a large group of Saddleworth citizens were amongst 60,000 peaceful demonstrators who gathered in Manchester’s St Peter’s Field to demand economic and electoral reforms. Politically conservative magistrates ordered troops to break up the meeting. The soldiers charged, shot and sabred the unarmed crowd, killing at least sixteen people and seriously injuring more than 600. Three of the fatalities were from the Saddleworth contingent. 

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John Hewitt - Pob Green
90.00

Name: Pob Green
Type: Gilcee Print, 300gsm, fine art smooth rag paper
Size: 240mm x 200mm
Edition: Signed Limited Edition of 50

Saddleworth Church (St Chad’s) and dog walkers on High Stile Lane, seen from a hill behind Pob Green. The houses in the foreground were once home to the poet, artist, novelist and playwright, Glyn Hughes. This graduate of Manchester School of Art lived here during the 1970s and wrote tellingly of a community on the brink of change. By this time ‘the comers-in had gained control and were pushing prices up. For them the pubs demolished interior walls and filled up the new spaces with polystyrene fakes. The newsagents stocked Vogue, She, The Observer and The SundayTimes… The old shops in the High Street changed hands and brightened into boutiques, restaurants, Do-It-Yourself shops and estate agents’ offices.’

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John Hewitt - Saddleworth Rushcart
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Name: Saddleworth Rushcart
Type: Gilcee Print, 300gsm, fine art smooth rag paper
Size: 240mm x 200mm
Edition: Signed Limited Edition of 50

The Saddleworth rushcart under construction in Uppermill. The Whit weekend of 2019 will feature the 45th Saddleworth Rushcart Festival. This spectacular community event involves the massed ranks of the nation’s morris men and culminates each year at St Chad’s church above Uppermill. The rushes are traditionally used to insulate the church floor throughout the winter months. Religious observances are followed by dancing, drinking, wrestling and gurning.

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John Hewitt - Stepping Stones
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Name: Stepping Stones
Type: Gilcee Print, 300gsm, fine art smooth rag paper
Size: 240mm x 200mm
Edition: Signed Limited Edition of 50

A large nest above the stepping stones on the River Tame in Uppermill. During the late 18th and early 19th centuries more than seventy waterwheels were powered by this stretch of the river, making it a prime location for textile mills and supporting workshops in the early days of the industrial revolution.

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