W.H. Patterson Fine Art Catalogue 1979.

Foreword by The Lord Rhodes, K.G., D.F.C., P.C., D.I.


Helen Bradley is not a Lancashire mill town Grandma Moses and although she may claim that people like me were on hand to give advice and encouragement at the right time the truth is that she is a fascinating raconteur and painter in her own right.

Her pictures need no explanation. They portray so poignantly the close-knit community of a Lancashire mill town with its clogs and shawls and 'Sunday-best'. They capture, too, the customs and occasions which highlighted her environment.

But Helen Bradley is doubly gifted. Not only does she paint by brush but by word too. She describes her relatives and friends and the happenings of her early life so vividly with sardonic humour.

Her word and brush pictures bring to life an era that captures the imagination of all who see them. Her books and pictures are treasured not only by those of us who have shared her experiences but by people all over the world.