Lostwithiel is a small Cornish town situated at the head of the estuary of the river Fowey.
Primarily known for its proliferation of small antique shops the town also features a fantastic 12th century bridge and the imposing St Bartholomew’s Church.

Fred Yates painted both of these features of the town several times.

When Fred Yates moved to Lostwithiel he lived in a small cottage just 50 yards from the river. Here boats would make their way directly to Fowey and trains between London and Penzance passed across the river on the nearby mainline rail bridge.

Fred loved life on the river regarding the local swans as his friends and enjoyed his morning stroll to the local bakery to buy fresh croissants for breakfast. Lostwithiel station was only 5 minutes walk and this meant he could travel to his favourite painting locations without the need for taxis.

The above photo has an handwritten note by Fred Yates showing an arrow pointing to the bakery where he bought his daily bread. The quote reveals the joy that he obtained from the simple pleasures in life.

fred yates handwritten pissarro note

Fred Yates handwritten photo note

Fred enjoyed painting scenes of the more secluded stretches of the river and scribbled on the back of one of his photos “A quiet Fred Yates backwater I paint like Pissarro now”

Above are three more scenes including a pen and ink of the station that were created in Lostwithiel by Fred Yates.


Inside Fred Yates’s cottage Lostwithiel


If you have any anecdotes that you are willing to share relating to Fred Yates’s time in Lostwithiel – please do get in touch with enquiries@fredyatesgallery.co.uk