He was an amateur artist and at Christmas 1951 he sent this picture to my grandfather. Many years later Mrs Beamish gave me the thank you letter which my grandfather wrote in his wonderful copperplate hand.
It is the arch over the entrance to the courtyard at the side of the house. The courtyard itself was cobbled and always in need of weeding but I can't remember it ever being done! It was used as a car parking area and that came well down the list of priorities.
And the mark Mr Beamish left on my life? That picture hangs in my sitting room and of all the pictures in my home that is the one I look at most often