• 1870 – 75

    In 1870  (aged 17), Creswick was living at  Pomona St, Eccalsall, Bierlow, Yorks. 1871 (aged 18), the census lists him as living at 92 Freedom Rd, Nether Hallam, Yorks. Creswick is listed as a knife grinder.  The possibility is that his occupation as a knife grinder did not last very long. We can speculate that this might have ...

  • 1876 – 77

    1876 is the first year in which there was a record of Benjamin Creswick’s attempts to leave his life as a knife grinder behind him.  The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent of 25th May (1), in its report of The Sheffield Society of Arts second exhibition on the section for medallion portraits says ‘Mr Benjamin Creswick, a ...

  • 1878

    In September, there is another report in the Sheffield Independent about Creswick’s work.  This time, surprisingly, it was for stone carving on the newly-opened extension to the Hallamshire Bank in Church Street, Sheffield (1). It remains a mystery, how and where Creswick found time to learn this skill alongside his work and the sculpture classes ...

  • 1879

    Ruskin wrote in May 1879: I have determined to fetch you all to Coniston and have you near me at all events for some weeks in order to put you on your road in work and thought……. I think the lodgings will be ready.  You have two children I think? I hope the air will ...