Situated on the banks for the Leeds Liverpool canal is the village of Crooke. This painting by David Barrow features the canal with Crooke Hall Inn nestled close to a foot bridge.
This artwork of a summers day on the canal could easily be enjoyed today, Crooke has it’s own marina with barges and pleasure craft chugging in and out throughout the year.
It’s said that the name Crooke comes from an old Viking or Norse word ‘krókr’ which means bend or hook. If you look at a map of Crooke you can see a hook or sharp bend in the flow of the River Douglas that runs close to the village.
The Crooke Hall Inn takes it name in part from the original Crooke Hall built in 1608 by Peter Catterall. It stood for almost 330 years until eventually due to subsidence that put the first floor underwater it was demolished. To read more about Crooke Hall Village click here