Neil Thwaites - The Corn Dolly Man

1931 - 1999

A tribute to a well loved man who inspired many with his artistic talents, especially his skills in the craft of Corn Dolly making for which he became an international figure.

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Neil Thwaites moved to the East Riding of Yorkshire from the Lake District in 1957, to join Market Weighton Secondary School as head of the Art Department.  Market Weighton was at the centre of a thriving farming community, and the school in those days taught both traditional and agricultural subjects.

His interest in Corn Dolly making began in the early 1950's when he learned the craft from an elderly local farmer, and he soon became known affectionately as the "Corn Dolly Man".
He was a Founder Member of the Guild of Straw Craftsmen, and was their President from 1989 to 1999.

It is with sadness that we learn that Joan, beloved wife of Neil and much loved Mum of Rebecca and Richard passed away peacefully on February 25th 2008.

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Last Update : 9 February, 2012