Spennymoor Town Council

Matthew Ellwood



Matthew Ellwood spent his formative years chasing rabbits and making dens. In the ninth year of his life he went in to business, breeding red ants, which he sold to a pet shop in Durham.

While on a family picnic in Hamsterley Forest his brother, Robert Ellwood, shot him between the eyes with an arrow. The scar is still visible between his eye brows.

He kept a small studio in the corner of the Ballroom. With encouragement from his Grandfather he developed as a painter.

Matthew Ellwood became known for his extreme secrecy. Spending most of his time hidden away in a small attic room of the family home. It was during this dark time he met dear sweet Sarah. A beautiful young woman, whose kind and pure soul I shall not speak of more for her modesty would not permit. Thanks to her Matthew rose to fame but little fortune.

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The town of Spennymoor, and the villages of Byers Green, Kirk Merrington and Tudhoe, are in the North East of England, situated on high land above the south side of the Wear Valley between the City of Durham and Bishop Auckland.

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Spennymoor Town Council,
Town Hall,
County Durham.
DL16 6DG