Artist Jules found his in­spi­ra­tion in silk­town

As part of an ex­hi­bi­tion which cel­e­brates Mac­cles­field’s Jewish his­tory, cu­ra­tor Basil Jeuda shares some of his favourite sto­ries

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THIS is a de­light­ful pho­to­graph of Julius Ju­dah (Jules) Weinberg taken on the oc­ca­sion of his Bar­mitz­vah (Con­fir­ma­tion) in 1938 at a Syn­a­gogue in Step­ney in the East End of Lon­don. He is wear­ing a tra­di­tional prayer shawl.

His un­cle, Con­rad Applebaum, moved up from Lon­don in the au­tumn of 1940 to con­tinue work­ing as a presser for the Jewish firm, H&I Franklin, who had re­lo­cated from Lon­don to Hen­der­son Street Mill.

By 1942, the Weinberg fam­ily, along with their rel­a­tives the Ap­ple­baums, mainly speak­ing yid­dish, had all been evac­u­ated from Lon­don and were bil­leted in cramped con­di­tions in Ch­ester­gate and Derby Street.

Jules’ father, a shoe­maker in Lon­don, re­trained as a presser and his sis­ter Rosina (“Rose” as she is still af­fec­tion­ately known through­out the town) worked at Franklins, and then at an­other Jewish firm, Of­fen­bachs. On ar­rival in Mac­cles­field, Jules also worked at Franklins where he learnt de­sign and cut­ting of ladies’ clothes, be­fore mov­ing to an­other re­lo­cated Jewish firm, Os­bands, Show­ing ex­cep­tional tal­ent as an artist age, Jules stud­ied at the Mac­cles­field Col­lege of Art, and had his paint­ings hung at the Manch­ester Academy of Fine Arts and at West Park Mu­seum in 1944.

He had his own Ex­hi­bi­tion at West Park in the spring of 1946. He later set up his own busi­ness as a dress de­signer and dress maker at a “sa­lon” on Park Lane. He died pre­ma­turely in 1965 and his mar­ried daugh­ter lives in Mac­cles­field. A prom­i­nent fea­ture of the forth­com­ing Ex­hi­bi­tion at Charles Roe House will be 38 of his paint­ings and sketches, 20 of his pat­terns, and some de­light­ful po­ems.

What a tal­ent….

●● Julius Ju­dah (Jules) Weinberg pic­tured on his Bar­mitz­vah in 1938

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