Medium: Oil on Canvas
Size: 30.0cm x 40.0cm (12″ x 16″)
Built in 1864 and serving the residents of Hambleton in Lancashire for 130 years, the Old Shard iron toll bridge was unique. Sadly, the powers that be decided that the old bridge had served its purpose and it was pulled down and replaced with a bland concrete structure, thereby paving the way for heavy traffic and all the problems that go with it. In my view Over Wyre lost its identity the day the new concrete bridge was opened. This is my tribute to the old bridge which is still remembered with great affection.
The old shard Bridge by David J Ansell
David J Ansell was brought up in the northern seaside town of Fleetwood in Lancashire. From a very young age he discovered that he had a natural ability for drawing. Ansell’s influences are the caricature drawings of Arnold Taylor, that he encountered on the postcards that filled the many gift shops along the promenade, and the works of the great Northern artist, L.S. Lowry.
David J Ansell’s paintings are drawn from memory and imagination and are a wonderful snapshot of a bygone era.