Can you help trace missing Clitheroe school paintings?

Missing painting 1
Missing painting 1

A DAUGHTER has launched a search for two treasured paintings that have gone missing from the school her mother donated them to.

The original watercolours of the same location in Clitheroe belonged to Mrs Hilda Chadwick who taught Business Studies at Ribblesdale High School from 1964 to 1973.

Clitheroe missing painting 2

Clitheroe missing painting 2

A popular and well respected teacher, when she retired Mrs Chadwick generously handed over the art to be hung in the headteachers’s office.

The paintings, which had belonged to her father and date back to before 1930, were much admired over the years and their disappearance has sparked a mystery.

Now Mrs Chadwick’s daughter, Mrs Judith Staples, had decided to try and track down the paintings and restore them to the school.

She told the Advertiser: “My mother was offered the job at the school after the death of my father and she was very happy there. She was also a very well liked person because she had such a good sense of humour and personality.

“She wanted the school to have the paintings for as long as they were wanted there and when the school did not have any more use for them she asked they be returned to the family. It was her intention to install a plaque next to them but that was something we never got round to.’’

Staff at Ribblesdale have turned the premises upside down in a fruitless bid to find the paintings and now Mrs Staples, who lives in Winchester, is pinning her hopes on Advertiser readers who may have seen the paintings or know where they are.

Both watercolours, the two paintings are of the same town centre location in Clitheroe, York Street, looking towards the library both before and after it was built. Mrs Staples believes the artist is called Cawthorne and was one of two brothers who were renowned painters at the turn of the century.

If you have any information about the paintings please contact Sue Plunkett on 01200 422324.