A big thank you to Steph Murfin, Curator of Applied Art with Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery, who kindly showed us round Turton Tower this morning. Turton Tower was owned by Humphrey Chetham, and has a good collection of paintings, some of which are on loan from Chetham’s. Steph and Michael worked together to identify some of the works on display, and we were able to see the chained library from St Anne’s church, formerly known as Turton Chapel, which is one of five left by Humphrey Chetham in his will.
All the paintings at Turton and indeed here at Chetham’s are of course available to view on the wonderful Your Paintings website which catalogues all the publicly owned oil paintings in the UK. Turton Tower is open Wed-Sun and Bank Holiday Mondays from 12.30-4.45. It is beautifully situated in the peaceful wooded hills above Bolton and is well worth a visit.