Press release

Home of L.S. Lowry given Grade II listed status

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Long term home of renowned artist L.S. Lowry, “The Elms”, has been granted Grade II listed status on 125th anniversary year of his birth.

The long term home of renowned artist L.S. Lowry, “The Elms”, has been granted Grade II listed status, in the year that marks the 125th anniversary of his birth. Lowry lived and worked here for 28 years, from 1948 until his death in 1976.

The house, in Mottram-in-Longdendale, Greater Manchester, has been identified as possessing significant architectural and historical interest - Lowry used the dining room as his studio during the many years he spent there. It is the second of Lowry’s residences to be listed, his house in Swinton was listed in 1981.

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey said:

“I am a great admirer of Lowry’s works and am pleased that, in granting listed status to “The Elms”, we have preserved the very location where so many of his masterpieces were painted.”

Nick Bridgland, Designation Team Leader North, English Heritage, said:

“L. S. Lowry was a major figure in 20th century British art and his work is found in many major collections internationally. His work is closely associated with ordinary life in the north of England and his house, traditional and modest, echoes the subject matter of his work. We recommended the house for listing as it was his home and working environment for 28 years.”

Notes to Editors

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