Town Street, Bramley, Leeds signed 'PETER BROOK' and dated 60 (lower right) oil on board 44.5 x 90.5cm (17 1/2 x 35 5/8in).
This painting was commissioned by the owners father who used to live in Bramley and was sentimentally attached to the Victorian townscape. In 1960 it was proposed that this part of Bramley was to be demolished. Peter Brook was commissioned to paint the view before it was obliterated, it was subsequently saved.
The painting is of Stocks Hill, Town Street Bramley, one of the oldest areas of Bramley and the original village meeting place. In the 17th Century the Leeds weekly market was moved to Bramley to avoid the plague in the main City. Stocks Hill became a hub of activity with the Town Well and village green all located in this area. Town Street has had a chequered history which included widening the road in the 19th Century; at this point a pillared cross commemorating the end of the plague was broken and incorporated into the railed wall depicted in Peter Brook's painting.