Beck Hole is a tiny hamlet on the edge of the North York Moors village of Goathland. Amazingly, over a century ago it was “home” to three blast furnaces, thirty- two cottages and two pubs! It is a wonderful example of how nature can heal man-made wounds. This painting depicts the Birch Hall Inn with a cluster of walkers taking refreshment outside this tiny, but very popular pub. The Murk Esk, with more water in than usual – a reflection of the year it was painted perhaps? – tempts a fisherman. Those wonderful ‘lawnmowers’ of the North Yorkshire Moors villages – the moorland sheep – wander over the old bridge seeking out yet another grass verge to trim. No wonder that this tranquil hollow is such a favourite with locals and visitors alike.