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Art Exhibition, Fri 27 Jul - Sun 25 Nov 2018, free entry

Cliffe Castle

Cliffe Castle


Percy John Smith was born in 1882 in Dulwich, South London. His service with the Royal Marine Artillery between 1916-1919 took him to the Western Front in France and later to Belgium.

From these experiences, he would produce memorable sketches of war-ravaged countryside, death and destruction.

Later establishing the Dorian Workshop, he built up his reputation as a craftsman of the highest calibre, often sought out for high profile works, such as the lettering for the Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge.

Resuming his earlier interest in the works of Emily Bronte, he visited Haworth, home of the Bronte family several times after the war. Her life, poetry and written work had inspired him for a long time. The wild Yorkshire landscape would provide a peace and solitude that was a refreshing contrast to the brutality and ugliness of war.

The exhibition compares and contrasts the striking Dance of Death series and its depiction of war, with later Haworth focused work exploring the landscapes that so inspired the Brontes.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsGift shopPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 27 Jul - Sun 25 Nov 2018
Tuesday to Friday 10am - 4pm

Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays 11am - 4pm
Last admission 3.30pm

Closed Good Friday and Mondays except Bank Holidays.

Christmas opening times
Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day, and Monday 1st January


Free entry

Also at this Venue

Events at this Venue

date event
Tue 23 Oct Family Drop In: Poppy Making
Fri 27 Jul - Sun 18 Nov Keighley's War
Fri 27 Jul - Sun 25 Nov War And Peace - The Art Of Percy Smith
Sun 9 Dec Christmas at the Castle



    Spring Gardens Lane,
    BD20 6LH



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    Map reference: SE 056422  Lat: 53.87660 Long: -1.91622

    Cliffe Castle lies in a park on the outskirts of Keighley off the A629 Skipton Road. Approximately 12-25 minutes walk from Keighley railway station, 6-15 minutes walk from the bus station.
    Buses (for example Bradford to Skipton) pass the lower main gates. The 903 bus service operates from Keighley Bus Station and serves Cliffe Castle on a limited basis.

    Accessible by Public Transport: 0.9 miles from Keighley railway station


    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups