The Fylingdales Group of Artists
Founders of The Fylingdales Group of Artists in 1925
Hawley, Denton Secretary Resigned 1938
Walmsley, Ulric Made life member 1953. Died 1954
Walker, Ethel Resigned during 1939-45 war as Dame Ethel. Died 1952
Lowe, George Theodore Montrose House, Robin Hood's Bay. Died 1942
Hawley, Winifred Tregarno, Monassan, Helston, Cornwall
Grey, Edith Mrs. Died 1944
Waites, Jennie Miss. Died 1944
Two watercolours by Denton Hawley
By kind permission from a private collection.
Both pictures are of Robin Hood's Bay
1.The fist image with the two fishermen in a cobble, the view is of the Bay Hotel, four star , ( on the right) with the landslip down towards the beach, the building on the left, a NationalTtrust building, which was the old coastguards station, both are on New Road, as the road turns past the Bay Hotel it changes its name to King Street.
To the left of the man on the slipway is the old smugglers tunnel, also Kings Beck enters the sea, but in the past to avoid paying import duty on goods, the locals would carry their contraband up into the tunnel, several of the houses which straddle kKings Beck have trapdoors above the beck,. It is thought this is how they avoided the customs men.
As Robin Hood’s Bay was often cut off during winter, it proved ideal for smugglers to operate. There are records that some of the contraband was then sent inland via the Lake Wake Walk path, a distance of 42 miles between Osmotherly, via Robin Hood’s Bay, ending in Ravenscar.
2.The second picture is something like 300 yards away from the first picture, again on New Road, right at the bottom of Robin Hood’s Bay, I’m not sure the name of the alleyway, but it leads up to Primrose Cottage and Flagstaff Cottage and if you keep going up the path/alleyway, you will reach the coastal path which takes you eventually to Boggle Hole and Scarborough ( about 12 miles in total).
Image 1 Watercolour by Denton Hawley
Image 2 Watercolour by Denton Hawley
Signature Denton Hawley Dated 1925
These images are from as private colection
all are by George T Lowe
He did have art training in Antwerp in the 1880s and he painted, sketched and exhibited throughout his life. He was chiefly a landscape watercolourist and painted mainly views in and around Robin Hood’s Bay. He signed his work Geo T Lowe.
His day job was manager of the Yorkshire Penny Bank in Huddersfield. He lived in Huddersfield, but always summered in Robin Hood’s Bay, where his constant address was Montrose House, Fisher Head. He moved there permanently in 1934 when his address changed to Fernleigh, Fisher Head.
He was also a keen mountaineer, walker and caver and was the first President of the Yorkshire Rambler’s Club. He was originally from Leeds, and in the 1890s was a member of the Leeds Savage Club - an odd society that promoted art, bohemianism and mountaineering. Owen Bowen was also a member.
(Quoted by a family member 2022)