• Exhibitions

Sunday19 January 2020

Up and Down This Old Moor Parish: Sketches of Ammon Wrigley’s Saddleworth

Ammon Wrigley 650

Saddleworth Museum

High St, Uppermill, Oldham OL3 6HS

17 September 2016 - 12 February 2017

Most Saddleworthians will be aware of the bronze statue of Saddleworth poet and historian Ammon Wrigley that stands near Wade Lock in Uppermill. Many will also be familiar with his writings. But perhaps few know that he was also an accomplished artist and a number of his artworks are held by Saddleworth Museum.

This exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of Ammon Wrigley’s death brings together a series of watercolour paintings and drawings by local artist Judith Alsop Miles, accompanied by some of Wrigley’s own works from the Museum’s collections.

Judith grew up in Delph in the 1970s and two years ago, after a decade in France, returned to live in Saddleworth. Her interest in Ammon Wrigley was aroused when she came across his 1916 book The Wind Among the Heather when researching titles for her paintings. She realised that many of her sketches and paintings were of the places Ammon painted and wrote about, and on her daily rambles around Saddleworth began to feel a close connection with him, almost as if she were looking through his eyes.

The works in this exhibition show Saddleworth as it is today, with the trappings of modern life – cars, wheelie bins, satellite dishes –, set against the backdrop of the Pennine moors and villages, which have changed surprisingly little since Ammon Wrigley’s time.