Jackson used only traditional tools in his carving, eschewing modern machinery, and his Gothic style can give his work the appearance of dating from an earlier period. However, what is most clear is the intricacy and artistry of his creations; without a doubt he deserves to be known more widely. Most of his work was for churches – screens, pulpits, reredoses, stalls. St. Matthew’s, Lightcliffe, and St. Matthew’s, Northowram, contain examples of his wonderful craftmanship. However, the most accessible example of his fine work is in the Jackson Room of Brighouse Central Library.
The four-poster bed in the photograph, and the carving in the room in which it is situated, were commissioned by millowner Arthur Davy of Blankney Grange, Lower Wyke, who sponsored Jackson in the early years of the woodcarver’s career. Two prominent members of the Independent Labour Party, Keir Hardie, their first M.P. and Ramsay MacDonald, the party’s first prime minister, are reputed to have slept in the bed (on separate occasions!) when it was at Jackson's home in Brighouse. The bed was auctioned in 1946 and its whereabouts are unknown.