Research by Maretta Fawcett
Walter Woodhead was born on 23 April 1866 in Bradford. He lived with his mother and sister, Charlotte, at several St Annes on Sea addresses including:
1914 'Brantfell', 7 Queens Road, St Annes on Sea
1924 33 Bromley Road, St Annes on Sea - the home of his mother
1929 126 St Annes Road East (Barretts Directory 1929)
1934 50 Albany Road, St Annes on Sea (Barretts Directory 1934),
where he died on the 3 August 1941
Woodhead, along with Walter Eastwood and Harold Partington, was a founder member of Lytham St Annes Art Society. He was also a well-respected member of St Annes Parish Church. His grave is located in a prominent position close to the main door of the church.
Fiona Wilson, a local church historian, explains:
'Walter Woodhead became a sidesman in April 1916 to assist the church wardens in handing out service books and tidying the church etc. He became a Church Warden in 1924 and was 'Peoples Warden', which means he was elected by the parishioners. At the time he also became a member of the Parochial Church Council. He remained in office as Warden for only one year, retiring in 1925.'
The Church Magazine of May 1925 contains an article written by the vicar:
'I am sure you will share with me regrets that Mr Woodhead did not see his way to continue in office as Peoples Warden for another year. He has filled the office with much credit and to the satisfaction of the congregation. He has served during a very busy year and I wish to thank him for his loyal devotion to the Church.'
The Parish Magazines of August and September 1946 record his burial on
7 August 1946 and his bequest:
'The Late Mr Walter Woodhead It is with gratitude that we have to record that he has bequeathed in his Will (a) £2000 for the Parish Church Clergy Endowment Fund and (b) £1000 for St Margaret's Clergy Endowment Fund. These legacies are most generous and will indeed greatly help our parochial finance where it is at present most needed.' (In 1946 £3000 would equate to £90,000 today, 2015).
,Works by Woodhead in Lytham St Annes
1. Acc No 85 Farm Cottage
2. Acc No 113 Landscape and River Scene
3. Acc No 140 Greba Castle, 'Isle of Man'
4. Bolton Abbey
5. Acc No 136 The Harbour, St Annes on the Sea
6. Acc No 86 Cottage on the Sandhills
7. Acc No 134 Rocky Coast Scene (chalk pastel)
8. In the Orchard
9. Acc No 127 Fylde Bridge
10. Acc No 142 Roses
11. Acc No 117 A Yorkshire Dale (oil)
12. Acc No 96 Fylde Landscape (oil)
13. Acc No 84 St Annes Parish Church
14. Lytham Sandhills (oil)
15. Acc No 143 Scene in Switzerland
Acc No 115 Small Landscape
Acc No 159 On the Moor, Ilkley
Acc No 138 The Harbour, Brixham, Devon
Acc No 130 River Scene
Acc No 144 Garden Scene
Acc No 116 Mountain Torrent
Acc No 141 Furness Abbey (pencil drawing)