Black Burton
In the period roughly between the mid 1700s and early 1900s Burton in Lonsdale was known as “Black Burton” due to it’s thriving pottery industry. The locally mined coal (of poor quality) that fired the kilns must have created a thick black smog which I can imagine settled down into the river valley below the village – hence the name.

Many of the buildings in Burton are still standing from that period, so one summer I decided to record a select few – all Grade II listed. However, time and the requirements of modern living have made their mark on some. Originally this was a series of twelve paintings, although I seem to have lost track of a couple. Many more existing buildings are worthy of adding to this collection so maybe when time is not so pressing on other projects I may once again make a shortlist for adding to the series.