Manchester-born LS Lowry would often spend time in this spot in Knott End, gazing out to sea and gaining inspiration for his next work of art. Lowry, who often painted urban landscapes, would visit the small village of Knott End with his protégé Carol and her mother Mattie during the 1940s and 1950s, and was inspired by local landscapes.
Locals fondly remember his visits to the town and talk of his walks along the sea front with his dog, pulling out little pieces of paper, tissues or receipts to do a quick pen sketch. These sketches would later be transformed into oil on canvas. The Lunevale (1954) and The Jetty at Knott End, near Fleetwood (1957) are two of the artworks that capture the essence of Knott End and the jetty, and include the ‘matchstalk men’ that would embody much of Lowry’s work.
In 2010 a petition was started to commemorate the famed artist’s connections with Knott End and to celebrate the art heritage of the coast. In 2014, following a Shaping Your Neighbourhood grant, Preesall Town and Wyre Council jointly funded a sculpture to improve the area around the jetty and to sit in one of Lowry’s favourite spots.
The 5ft stainless steel sculpture was overseen by Tom Elliot, from WEC Group, and is of one of Lowry’s trademark ‘matchstalk’ characters walking a ‘matchstalk’ dog. The same characters can be seen in his painting The Jetty at Knott End, near Fleetwood (1957).