“Cowan’s Crack” by Kevin Nutter.


Original acrylic painting on 18mm frame canvas wrap.

Cowans Sheldon Co. Ltd, Crane makers, Carlisle.

Founded in 1846 at Woodbank Upperby, Cowans & Sheldon  established a world leading reputation in the construction of rail and dock cranes.   Known in the city as “The Cranemakers.” Cowans cranes were exported across the globe. In 1857 Cowans Sheldon moved to the St Nicholas site on London Road that had once been the St Nicholas Leper Hospital. By 1858 the first railway crane had been produced and was used by the Carlisle & Maryport Railway Company.

Generations of young men from the city took up engineering apprenticeships at the Cowans Sheldon St Nicholas works until the site closed in 1987.

50 x 40 cms   20 x 16 ins.


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