Semi where LS Lowry lived goes on sale for £325,000

This could be your opportunity to own a Lowry – or at least the semi-detached where the famous painter lived while completing some of his most celebrated works.

LS Lowry’s home of 28 years has gone on the market for £325,000, complete with paint splatters on the floorboards of his old studio.   

The famous painter renowned for his matchstick men in urban landscapes lived in The Elms in the village of Mottram, Greater Manchester, until his death in 1976.

Home is where the art is: Famous painter LS Lowry lived in The Elms in Mottram, pictured above, for 28 years

Home is where the art is: Famous painter LS Lowry lived in The Elms in Mottram, pictured above, for 28 years

Home is where the art is: Famous painter LS Lowry lived in The Elms in Mottram, pictured above, for 28 years

Leaving his mark: LS Lowry's home of 28 years has gone on the market for £325,000, complete with paint splatters on the floorboards of his old studio

Leaving his mark: LS Lowry's home of 28 years has gone on the market for £325,000, complete with paint splatters on the floorboards of his old studio

Leaving his mark: LS Lowry’s home of 28 years has gone on the market for £325,000, complete with paint splatters on the floorboards of his old studio

Bath time: The famous painter renowned for his matchstick men in urban landscapes lived in The Elms in the village of Mottram, Greater Manchester, until his death in 1976 

Bath time: The famous painter renowned for his matchstick men in urban landscapes lived in The Elms in the village of Mottram, Greater Manchester, until his death in 1976 

Bath time: The famous painter renowned for his matchstick men in urban landscapes lived in The Elms in the village of Mottram, Greater Manchester, until his death in 1976 

The Cripples: LS Lowry's painting, created in 1949, not long after he moved into The Elms in Mottram in Longdendale 

The Cripples: LS Lowry's painting, created in 1949, not long after he moved into The Elms in Mottram in Longdendale 

The Cripples: LS Lowry’s painting, created in 1949, not long after he moved into The Elms in Mottram in Longdendale 

The Contraption: Lowry's oil painting created in 1949, not long after he moved into The Elms

The Contraption: Lowry's oil painting created in 1949, not long after he moved into The Elms

Pictured: LS Lowry, left, at his home in Mottram-in-Longdendale, Cheshire, standing alongside one of his famous ‘matchstick men’ paintings 

He produced several important works from his studio in the four-bed house, which is now the dining room. 

The Grade II listed house, which has a blue plaque dedicated to Lowry on the wall, is now on the market with estate agents Bridgfords for offers over £325,000.

Lowry was not short of money when he moved to Mottram on the advice of a friend.

He is said to have hated the house and considered it ugly and uncomfortable, but still lived there for 28 years until he died, aged 88.

He used the dining room as his studio and produced several important works there, including Agricultural Fair, which depicts huge crowds flocking to a fair in Mottram, and the controversial piece The Contraption and the Cripples.

He rejected five honours during his life, including a knighthood in 1968, making him the record holder for the most rejected British honours 

He rejected five honours during his life, including a knighthood in 1968, making him the record holder for the most rejected British honours 

He rejected five honours during his life, including a knighthood in 1968, making him the record holder for the most rejected British honours 

He produced several important works from his studio in the four-bed house, which is now the dining room

He produced several important works from his studio in the four-bed house, which is now the dining room

He produced several important works from his studio in the four-bed house, which is now the dining room

It was while living here that his reputation spread and he became a well-known artist 

It was while living here that his reputation spread and he became a well-known artist 

It was while living here that his reputation spread and he became a well-known artist 

He used the dining room as his studio and produced several important works there, including Agricultural Fair, which depicts huge crowds flocking to a fair in Mottram, and the controversial piece The Contraption and the Cripples 

He used the dining room as his studio and produced several important works there, including Agricultural Fair, which depicts huge crowds flocking to a fair in Mottram, and the controversial piece The Contraption and the Cripples 

He used the dining room as his studio and produced several important works there, including Agricultural Fair, which depicts huge crowds flocking to a fair in Mottram, and the controversial piece The Contraption and the Cripples 

The Grade II listed house, which has a blue plaque dedicated to Lowry on the wall, is now on the market with estate agents Bridgfords for offers over £325,000

Signed: Lowry's famous signature, pictured above, on the deeds to the semi-detached Manchester property

Signed: Lowry's famous signature, pictured above, on the deeds to the semi-detached Manchester property

Signed: Lowry’s famous signature, pictured above, on the deeds to the semi-detached Manchester property

It was while living here that his reputation spread and he became a well-known artist.

He rejected five honours during his life, including a knighthood in 1968, making him the record holder for the most rejected British honours.

English Heritage recognised the ‘significant architectural and historical interest’ of his former home and listed it in 2012.

The organisation’s report said: ‘In 1948, he moved to Mottram on a friend’s suggestion. He was said to hate The Elms, but it was spacious enough to both set up his studio in the dining room, and to accommodate the collection of china and clocks that he had inherited from his mother.

‘A photograph taken by Denis Thorpe shortly after Lowry’s death shows his easel set up in his studio, verifying that he used the dining room as his work room.’

There is a blue plaque on the wall of the house and a bronze statue of the artist near the property.

Owners Chris and Alice Byrd, who have refurbished the house but kept many original features, even have the house deeds from 1948 with Lowry’s distinctive signature.

The property has a large living room, the dining room that was used as a studio by Lowry, kitchen, four bedrooms and two bathrooms plus a basement room which could be an office, cinema or playroom.

Richard Taylor. from Bridgfords, who are handling the sale, said: ‘This is a rare and exciting opportunity to purchase the former home of artist L.S. Lowry.

‘The semi detached property was the home of the famous artist for almost 30 years, with several of his significant works having been painted there.

‘The property offers so much space internally with plenty of characteristic features too and will make a great family home.

‘The history with the house and its links to Lowry, especially the plaque and the old paint splashes on the dining room floorboards just make the house all the more special.’