Death of former Member: Mr John Crowther

We are sorry to announce the death at the age of 97 of one of our longest-standing Members, Mr John Crowther.

Mr Crowther, who died on 19 December 2018, was for many years a member of our Leeds Decorative & Fine Arts Society and regularly attended meetings, until he stopped driving in 2014.

John Gladstone Crowther was an industrialist and wealthy mill owner and descendant of clothier John Edward Crowther (1820-1865), who started business in 1840 at Lees Mill, Golcar. He and his three brothers moved their business to Bank Bottom Mills, Marsden, in 1867, and thus began a long association between the Marsden and the Crowther family. In 2003 Bank Bottom Mill closed, but in its heyday it was one of the largest cloth producing mills owned by one man in the world.

After his mills closed, Mr Crowther rediscovered an interest in art which had begun in his youth. He was a respected and knowledgeable art enthusiast and greatly enjoyed the Society’s art lectures. His particular passions were Classical painting and the Flemish School.

He made many like-minded friends within the Society, some of whom may remember him with affection.

His funeral service will take place on Friday 11 January 2019 at All Hallows Parish Church, Almondbury, at 12.00 noon, followed by burial at Exley Lane, Elland HX5 0SW. Friends are invited to attend. Enquiries re floral tributes / donations 01484 644650.

Members who wish to learn more about the Crowther family and their mills may care to click on these links:

Bank Bottom Mill

John Edward Crowther (1863-1931)