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28 Salvation Army by Paintings by Norman Neasom (1915 - 2010)

Salvation Army 1928

Watercolour - Signed and Dated

Image area: 15ins x 22ins 

The painting of the Salvation Army from 1928 marching past St. Stephen's Church, Redditch

A gatehouse chapel dedicated to St Stephen was built on the present site when the Cistercian Abbey was built at Bordesley around 1138

With the development of needle manufacture and other trades in Redditch a new chapel was build on what is now known as Church Green and completed in 1808 using stone from the older building

The population of Redditch continued to grow and in 1851 the chapel was demolished to make way for the current Gothic style building. The new church of St. Stephen's was consecrated in July 1855

The painting shows the Salvation Army marching along Market Street in Redditch with St Stephen's church in the background

Norman's gift for painting showed through when he produced this work from the very early age of 12. The figures all have character features and although rather naive the attention to detail in the buildings is quite outstanding. Nearly 100 years on, the area is very much the same and the Salvation Army is still as strong as ever in the town.

This work is in a private collection

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