famous Nantwich artist Herbert St John Jones
painted this picture in 1914, he called his work The Old Cottage, off Marsh
Its actual name was Shenton's Cottage
and is the building where Mary Ellson was born.
Mary, now Mary Vitkovitch and living in
Newark, Nottinghamshire, contacted local historian Andrew Lamberton after seeing
a black and white version of the painting in the book "Lost
Houses in Nantwich". Andrew
told me: "I was
glad that she could confirm that I had it in the right place."
told Andrew that her father was Walter Ellson. Said Andrew: "He would be Walter
senior" - a reference to Walter (junior), the Nantwich man who had
The Hacienda built.
"She would be Paul's aunt", he added, referring to
Paul Ellson who contacted "A Dabber's Nantwich" and whose letter is on the "This
and That" page.
Andrew said: "Apparently the cottage
was demolished around 1926 and Walter Ellson built a detached house on the same
site. This is called Marsh Mount and still stands." (Pictured right).
Mary also loaned a picture of Form 3B
of Nantwich and Acton Grammar school which is featured on