screenprint from Trove digitized newspaper collection
Above picture may not be very clear, but then, it is a reprint from an old english journal, the Examiner, that in its edition of december 30th 1936 had this picture and a note about a "fairy tale cottage in Lancashire".
This art environment was created by J.T. Halstead (1866-1940), who was a mill operative in Rochdale.
In 1936 at age 70 he began to decorate the exterior of his house with broken pottery, shells, figurines, a plate in memory of his deceased dog and various smaller items (teapots, light bulbs etc).
British Pathé has a short video (0'47") adapted from a news item filmed in 1937, showing Halstead at work.
The decorations have not passed the test of time and belong to the realm of history . After Halstead died in 1940, according to a short entry on Wikiwand, the property was sold and the new owners removed the decorations.
first published jan 2013,last revised dec 2019
Rochdale, greater Manchester, North West England, UK