O My Hornby and My Barlow Long Ago, by Kenneth Shenton

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14 February 2020

Photograph, 1984

Photograph, 1984

To celebrate the 160th anniversary of the poet’s birth last year, Kenneth Shenton has shed light on a singular man of the Victorian age, Francis Thompson. Drugs, decadence, and cricket feature in O My Hornby and My Barlow Long Ago: The life of the poet Francis Thompson 1859-1907 (Max Books of Nantwich, www.maxbooks.co.uk, £9.95; 978-0-9934872-6-2). The stained-glass window, which is now in the Long Room at Old Trafford, depicts the cricketers R. G. Barlow and A. N. Hornby, of the book’s title, with Dick Pilling (see gallery)

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