Hazell Owen's Picture of Hadleigh Corner
View from East North East
Hazell was displaying her unique portrait of Hadleigh Corner with the other artworks in St Michael’s Church 8th July 2023 during the Daws Heath Village Fayre.
Starting with a postcard view, Hazell added certain unique features, including the lady on the right in a coat fashionable in the 1950s.
We see the bus stop at that time had a hexagonal shelter with five wooden sides (and one open side.) St James the Less has the benefit of an extension and there is a view of the Good Companions Café.
Here is Mr Pearce’s description of the Good Companion experience: “The Good Companions café, cream painted with name in green writing is always busy! Though narrow, it goes back a fair way. Through the front door, we pass the pin-ball machine on the right, to the left is the counter, where we pick up our breakfast or dinner and cup of tea from the large tea urns. Later in the day, the tea starts to taste “stewed” as it has been heated from early morning. We carry it all through to eat at the tables in the back, both to the left after the counter, and to the right after the pin-ball machine.” Here is a link to a longer article on Mr Pearce’s memories.
As we admired her painting; Hazell recalled her own schooldays in North Street, Leigh; and compared them with her own children attending Hadleigh School in Church Road.