Picture Stockport

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'The Crown' Inn

S. Garbutt

Oil on board

‘The Crown’ Inn - S. Garbutt

Your eye goes straight to the cheerful yellow building that was the ‘The Crown Inn’. It started life at the end of the 18th century as a small one-man brewery. It soon expanded as three cottages were knocked together to form the pub we find today that still stands beneath Stockport’s famous viaduct.

The yellow pub is a welcome contrast to the dark sky full of smoke bellowing from the chimneys of Stockport’s industry. 19th century philosopher Friedrich Engels wrote in 1844 that Stockport was "renowned as one of the duskiest, smokiest holes in the whole of the industrial area.”  From the sky in this painting you can see why.

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