Pill Walk, Lostwithiel


Situated at the tidal reach of the river Fowey, in a beautiful wooded valley is the small Cornish town of Lostwithiel. It was founded by the Normans 800 years ago for the export of tin. Then the river was wide and deep, and sea going ships tied
up along the quay, loading the tin destined for France and the Mediterranean ports.

The name Lostwithiel comes from two old Cornish words meaning ‘the place at the tail end of the woodland’, and looking down the valley from Restormel Castle (the home of the Norman lords who built the town) one can see how it came by this name. In the 13th century Lostwithiel was further developed to become the County Capital and was the centre for the administration of county affairs and the main trading centre for tin. Ironically, tin, the source of the town’s wealth, gradually caused its decline. Rubble, carried down by tributaries of the Fowey River from the mines on the moors, silted up the river, preventing big ships from reaching the quay.

Sailing up the Fowey River 100 years ago, a travel writer described the approach to Lostwithiel as ‘the loveliest inland scenery in Cornwall’. It truly is a beautiful river and one of Shirley’s favourite places to launch her kayak. The photograph which inspired this painting however was not taken from the water but on a day when Shirley was walking along the river. A surprisingly large yacht had been moored a long way up river in quite shallow water; its shape reflected in the still water between tides.

This high quality giclee print is mounted (mount size 50.8 x 40.6cm) and will fit a standard readymade 20″ x 16″ frame.

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Artist: Shirley Netherton

Product Reference No: A-3512

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Dimensions 35.7 x 25.5 cm
(Width x Depth x Height)

Shirley Netherton

I am a Cornish artist who has spent many years developing my unique style of painting with acrylics so that today my work is instantly recognisable. I feel lucky that the hobbies which I enjoy in my free time contribute towards my intense enthusiasm for painting. The photographs I take whilst walking and kayaking become the reference material for my work. I am so fortunate to live in such a beautiful county, surrounded by the sea with so many inland waterways - truly inspirational.

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