Five Lowry locations
- 24 June 2013
Follow in Lowry's footsteps with our map of locations close to the artist's heart, from London's Piccadilly Circus to Wenlock Edge in Shropshire.
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1. Piccadilly Circus, London
Possibly the most easily identifiable scene Lowry painted, this plaza at the heart of London's West End has barely changed since Lowry painted it in 1960. Even the Coca Cola advert captured in Lowry's painting can still be seen in 21st-century form, although adverts for Bovril, Schweppes and Wrigley's mints have long since disappeared.
2. Berwick Pier, Northumberland
Lowry loved to sketch the pier and lighthouse of England's northernmost town, which passed between English and Scottish hands several times during the the wars between the kingdoms. An popular story claims that Berwick is technically at war with Russia, having been mentioned by name in the declaration of the Crimean War but left out of the Treaty of Paris that ended it.
3. Wenlock Edge, Shropshire
Now known more prosaically as the route of the B4371, the limestone cliffs of Wenlock Edge run for 15 miles through Shropshire, surrounded by beautiful woodlands. Lowry sketched and painted several views of the Edge, which also inspired a poem by AE Housman and a song cycle by Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as a number of local legends.
4. King George V Dock, Glasgow
Always intrigued by industry, Lowry painted the King George V Dock on the banks of the Clyde in 1947, only 16 years after its opening. Today, the decline of shipbuilding has made the area a focus for urban regeneration, featuring modern apartments, an exhibition centre and – like Salford, another area close to Lowry's heart – a new BBC headquarters.
5. Peel Park, Salford
Peel Park is home to the Salford Royal Technical College, where Lowry studied art in the 1920s. The park features in a number of Lowry's early works, many of which are now on display at The Lowry in Salford Quays. Today the park neighbours the University of Salford, incorporating what used to be the Technical College.