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The Old Packet House
Painting - Watercolour
Around 1828, a fast steam packet service ran along the Bridgewater Canal, carrying passengers relatively quickly in and out of Manchester. The Old Packet House, situated by the canal at the junction of Manchester Road and Navigation Road, was a stopping point for the service and tended to passengers needs while they waited for the boats arrival. Over time, it became a traditional public house and has served local customers in it's present form for over 100 years. It has resisted the pressure to become a modern "drinking emporium" and remains a classic British pub patronised by ordinary folk.
This watercolour was painted by my Mother, Joan Pearson (m. Blinkhorn) in 1991. She learned her skills from her Father Reginald Pearson, a skilled metallurgist, draughtsman and entrepreneur. They were put to use at the Record Company's factory on nearby Atlantic Street where she worked during the war as an instrument dial marker.
January 15th, 2011
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