Mrs Duckworth was my childhood neighbour in Haslingden, Lancashire, during the 1950’s and early sixties. She was a largish woman but I hardly ever heard her speak. She was married to a very large brutish drinker. Mostly I would see her bringing in shopping bags, dragging her feet in a world-weary way. I would sometimes wonder what a colourful interior life she might have. The “stained glass ” setting of this picture resonates with my own life at that time, in a sheltered working-class corner of a rapidly changing England.