|Lime Bank, in 1968, from a photograph dating back to 1942|
For twenty years Montgomery painted pictures of the township almost always from old photographs and postcards and many of these can be seen in the digital archive.*
What is all the more remarkable is that this artist has left nothing in the way of a personal life, and despite appeals for help, no one has come forward with any information.
The body of work is quite extensive and captures scenes of Chorlton that have now vanished as in some cases have the photographs and postcards he used.
Lime Bank still exists behind the MacDonald’s on Barlow Moore Road. It was painted in 1968 from a photograph dated 1942.
Since then the house has undergone substantial internal renovation, but the footprint of the building is as it was when it was built sometime in the late 18th century.
|Lime Bank today|
Once it commanded good views east towards Hough End Hall and south to the Brook. All of which is a little hard to envisage today given the surrounding buildings.
And that is the value of Montgomery, for here we have a vanished Chorlton, and perhaps all that I want now is a little more on this lost artist.
Picture; Lime Bank from a photograph, 1942, J. Montgomery, 1968, m80040, courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council, and Lime Bank today from the collection of Andrew Simpson 2011
* Manchester Local Image Collection http://images.manchester.gov.uk/index.php?session=pass