Bloomgate to High Street, Lanark

pen and ink artwork of traditional scottish street by ronnie cruwys

Kass Hair and Beauty, Bloomgate, Lanark

Where Bloomgate meets Wide Close, the street narrows into a bottle neck where traffic slows to pass along this ancient route alongside St Nicholas Church.  I have covered the rest of Bloomgate in earlier drawings and blog posts (here  and here).  The last few buildings on Bloomgate are home to Kass Hair & Beauty and Strands,  both of which are still going in this new decade 2020.

However, there have already been a number of shops close down or change hands since I drew this in the summer of 2019.

drawing by artist Ronnie Cruwys

Strands, Bloomgate,  Lanark

All my drawings are out of date by the time they go to print which doesn’t worry me! These are all intended to archive the street drawn at the time and I hope that they will only get more interesting as time goes on.

pen and ink drawing of Lanark Scotland

Barber Shop, Bloomgate next to Wide Close – one of the old routes to Edinburgh

The Barber Shop has since morphed into a dog grooming salon.

drawing of Images of Wonder, by Ronnie Cruwys

Images of Wonder, High Street Lanark

artwork by Ronnie Cruwys, Scotland

Emma Marie Bridal, Lanark

This shop now lies vacant.

drawing of Prego, Lanark

Prego Italian restaurant

red sandstone building in Lanark drawn by Ronnie Cruwys

Rug and Flooring Stores and the Director’s Box, Lanark

The Rug and Flooring Stores has also left the premises.

traditional scottish street drawing by Ronnie Cruwys

Ravissante, High Street, Lanark




traditional scottish building Lanark

Millar Blinds and Duncan’s Close

The rest of the street will be covered in the next post. Thanks to my new followers for joining me. Always glad to know someone is taking a look at these streets. As always, If you have any historical insight into any of these buildings, I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for reading,


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Bloomgate: St Nicholas to Greyfriars

pen and ink drawing of st nicholas church lanark

St Nicholas Church, Lanark

We are in the week running up to Christmas 2019. It seems timely to begin this post with this drawing of St Nicholas’s Church Lanark. The links and legends associated with St Nicholas and Santa Claus are too many to touch on here but he’s not just associated with gifts at Christmas – St Nicholas is a patron of a long list of characters and it’s worth a quick distraction here!

This Category B listed building can trace its roots back to the 13th Century and has a tower that catches your eye from miles around. I love how there are endless glimpses of it alongside Lanark chimney pots and roofscapes. I know this blog isn’t the place for me to introduce other sketches but I’d like to give you an idea:

pen and ink drawing of lanark skyline

‘Alchemy of Crows’; Jet black crows below the golden cockerel on top of St Nicholas’ Church Lanark.

Once again, I would like to invite readers to let me know if they have any historic insights into any of these buildings that I can add to this archive.  My street drawings are all drawn as records and come to life when people who know the buildings better than me can add a few insights to them for those who come after us.  The building below is built hard up against the church and corners on to Broomgate. At the time of drawing summer 2019, it was in use to display paintings.

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Building on the corner of High Street with Broomgate

On the other side of the entrance to Broomgate is this building with the Scottish Dutch gable style front.

pen and ink drawing of lanark

The start of Bloomgate

Next is the Wallace Cave, 11 Bloomgate.

pen and ink drawing of wallace cave pub, lanark by ronnie cruwys

Wallace Cave on Bloomgate, Lanark


Strolling past the Wallace Cave in winter

clydesdale inn, pen and ink drawing of a pub in lanark

Clydesdale Inn, Lanark

The Clydesdale Inn sits shoulder to shoulder with the Wallace Cave but I’ve heard a few anecdotes about this pub. Apparently, William Wordsworth and his sister Dorothy stayed here with their friend Samuel Taylor Coleridge, on their way to see the Falls of Clyde. I remember studying Coleridge’s opium/dream induced poem Kubla Khan at school and feeling short-changed when we learnt that a visitor from Porlock distracted Coleridge from the conclusion. I wonder whether that was before or after he came to Lanark. Someone will know.


The Clydesdale also was host to Mr Charles Dickens, going under cover as Mr Nicholas Nickleby. I gather he went for a hair cut while he was here. If it is anything like today, he would have had a rich choice of barbers!

Moving along to the Bank of Scotland and I have no stories to share. Perhaps the Police in the building further down on my drawing of West Port might be able to add some colour…

pen and ink drawing of bank of scotland

Bank of Scotland


Below is the YMCA and Lanark Museum, 29 Bloomgate, built in 1902 from the date in the stonework. This is solidly Scottish Baronial with its lovely soft red sandstone, crow-step gables and round turret. It is firmly planted on the street.



Finally we conclude this drawing with Greyfriar’s Church, designed by William Leiper for the Bloomgate United Presbyterian Congregation, in 1875.9-greyfriars-church-ronnie-cruwys-drawing-the-street.jpg

You can read more about Greyfriars church and its friendly community here9-greyfriars-church-tower-ronnie-cruwys-drawing-the-street

Once again, thank you for reading and wishing you all the best of the Christmas season.


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Mount Parade, York

pen ink and wash drawing of Mount parade in York by ronnie cruwys

1 and 2 Mount Parade, York featuring the gentleman who told me about this street.

If you are a fan of Georgian streets, then Mount Parade is a treasure waiting for you if you ever visit York. I had no idea it was here until the gentleman you see strolling to the right of this drawing mentioned it to me. He had what I thought might be a musician’s briefcase over one shoulder and was carrying a raincoat over his arm.

Man walking along the Mount, York near Mount Parade

Man walking along the Mount, York near Mount Parade

That day I was sketching The Mount (round the corner) and taking photos.  He stopped to have a brief conversation with me which led to me drawing this street. I will get back to drawing the Mount but the Parade was waiting for me.  If he ever stumbles across this post – I would like to thank him for taking that minute to pause and speak to me. It’s something I notice more and more, how a moment of what seems barely conversational chit-chat can have a lasting reach. I love it!

georgian terraced houses in york drawn by ronnie cruwys

Numbers 3 and 4 mount Parade, York

I was twelve years old and probably cycling past this street to school when a publication by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office in 1972 appeared ‘An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in City of York, Volume 3, South west.    The following extract gives us a little insight into this street:

MOUNT PARADE, laid out in 1823, seems to have been the earliest example in York of a new type of development, the suburban road planned for genteel residences. The little terrace faces S.W., with a series of small front gardens towards the roadway. Building proceeded slowly, and only nine houses were occupied by 1830: five by gentry, one by a coach-guard and one by a stone and marble mason as his private house. Some houses were not finished until c. 1840. Cumberland House, on the S.W. side of the Parade, was built c. 1834′  (This free content was digitised by double rekeying and sponsored by English Heritage).

All these buildings are grade 2* listed. As always, I would love to hear from you if you have any further insights into their histories.

gerogian red brick terraced houses drawn by artist ronnie cruwys

5 and 6 Mount Parade, York

pen and ink drawing of Mount parade, york by Ronnie Cruwys

7 and 8 Mount Parade, York

Georgian red brick terraced houses in York

9 and 10 Mount Parade, York

Georgian terraced houses in York conservation area

11 and 12 Mount Parade, York

13 and 14 Mount Parade, red brick terraced houses, York

13 and 14 Mount Parade, York

15 mount parade york

No 15 Mount Parade with that lovely dog in the window!

sketch of dog in the wiondow mount pararde york

There was a dog in this window – but he looks more like our own old dog here

16 and 17 mount parade york

16 and 17 Mount Parade York

red brick georgian house on mount parade

18 Mount Parade, York, the last house on the street

As always, thanks for passing this time with me!


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Broomgate, Lanark

Broomgate (not to be confused with Bloomgate around the corner) is full of colourful traditional rendered buildings, some old and some not so old.

I’m always keen to hear from anyone who has any insight into the former lives of any of these buildings. This is a shared archive and most of us are interested or at least curious about who has lived or worked here before us. It connects us and brings life to our streets!

As always with this blog, there are more pics than text so hope you enjoy seeing this street in all its detail. Don’t forget, if you would like to see the drawing as a whole – please visit my website Drawing the Street.

Starting at the top of Broomgate where it meets the High Street:

pen and ink drawing of broomgate, lanark ronnie cruwys

Broomgate – corner with High Street, Lanark



No 4 Lush Nails, No 8 Barber Worx


No 10 Former home of Granny Anderson and her bakery

Meet Ainsley who runs Nirvana Yoga around the corner on Bloomgate – keeping the Lanark yogis flexible and in great spirit!

hair salon, drawn by ronnie cruwys in lanark scotland

Scizzors, Broomgate, Lanark


Wallace Tea Rooms, 18 Broomgate, Lanark

Here’s Kym in her red apron taking a moment out from running the Wallace Tea Rooms, to sit beside me so I can include her on this drawing.


Wallace Tea Rooms continues…and CMC Lanark, 28 Broomgate


30 (I think?) Broomgate, Lanark

pen and ink drawing by artist ronnie cruwys drawing the street

32 Broomgate, Lanark – early 19th century, Category B listed


no 34 Broomgate Lanark, Category B Listed Circa 1800



36 Bloomgate, Lanark, Category B Listed Circa 1800


no 38 Broomgate, Lanark

Category B listed, dating from around the 18th century, this house was once home for the headmaster of Lanark Grammar School in the early 19th C. It was also used for a while as a Poorhouse.


 no 42 Broomgate, Lanark


Here are the newer houses on Broomgate, thoughtfully built in scale and proportion to the rest of the street.


50 Broomgate


54 and 52 Broomgate


56 Broomgate, Lanark

Prints of all my Lanark street drawings are going to be on display as part of my ‘Streets of Lanark‘ exhibition at the Tolbooth, for two weeks from Mon 28th October 2019. Please call in if you are in the area.

Thanks for joining me here, Ronnie

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Drawing a Scottish Street: Bloomgate, Lanark

Scotland is an ongoing adventure but leaving Staffordshire was quite a tug.  After living 24 years in the area you can imagine that the hardest part was saying goodbye to friends and all those people that make up the fabric of the day – the chap collecting the trolleys at Tesco, the kind Pharmacist at Morrisons, the family who ran our local corner shop and so on…

Drawing helps me to connect with a place and people so I began my first Scottish street with the town nearest to our home. The street which was fast becoming familiar through attending classes at Nirvana Yoga is called Bloomgate.  Let me introduce you to Lanark!

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Yogi Ainsley King with wee Luna doogie,  54 Bloomgate, Lanark

Bloomgate falls inside Lanark’s conservation area and here at the corner with North Vennel, it marks one of the old entrances into the medieval town, known as West Port.

With these old streets, sometimes the numbering gets the better of me and this is one example where I’ve dropped a wee bloomer! At the time of drawing, I couldn’t identify the number of the corner building shown above. Seeing the front door blocked up and wondering if the buildings had been altered to form just the one property, I titled this drawing as far as number 50 Bloomgate which was clearly written above the pend (alleyway), rather than guess.  It turns out that the corner building follows the normal numbering sequence and is number 54. Back in 1825 it used to belong to Mr Paul when it was the premises of the Commercial Bank.

50 to 52 Bloomgate Lanark

50 – 52 Bloomgate Lanark

I discovered this just now as I was looking up the street on British Listed Buildings online.  Not to worry – the numbering is confusing on the rest of the street as is often the case with ancient streets.  I have just uploaded some of my photos of these buildings to the BLB website for public reference.

pen and ink drawing of 46 Bloomgate Lanark, by artist Ronnie Cruwys

46 Bloomgate Lanark

To continue the confusing number theme, No 46 is home to Angel Nails and Beauty.  British Listed Buildings online however numbers it as 48 with the description: “ Mid 19th century.  2 storeys, 2 windows. Black painted stucco lined to imitate ashlar jointing. Off-centre door with 2 flanking shop windows to ground. Eaves course. Straight skews, corniced stacks, slate roof”.  I will also add a photo to their website for the record.

pen ink and wash drawing of Hope Street Lanark by ronnie cruwys

Jholpai Indian Restaurant, 1 Hope Street, Lanark

Recorded as 44 to 46 Bloomgate on British Listed Buildings online, the current address for Jholpai Indian Restaurant is No. 1 Hope Street.  Built around 1830, it is listed category B.

pen and ink drawing of bloomgate lanark by ronnie cruwys artist

 Energise your Future, 42 Bloomgate Lanark

Built c 1830, listed category C.

also 36 Bloomgate Lanark

Nirvana Yoga, 38 Bloomgate, Lanark

When my sister came over from York to visit us in our new house, I was really happy to bring her along to Ainsley King’s Saturday morning class for a stretch into the weekend. Here are a group of my class mates and my sister all keenly gathered outside the door of Nirvana Yoga Lanark.

On our way back from a New Year’s Day walk, I stopped to take a few record photos whilst the streets were so quiet. The light was spectacular against a heavy grey sky. I love how the yoga studio was illuminated by the last of the day’s rays through the gap in the buildings opposite. Moments later and the light had gone.

photo of Nirvana Yoga Studio Lanark on New Year's Day by artist Ronnie Cruwys

Last of the New Year’s Day (2019) rays lighting up Nirvana Yoga on Bloomgate, Lanark.

drawing of 30 and 32 Bloomgate Lanark by Ronnie Cruwys

30 and 32 Bloomgate, Lanark

This building is named ‘Bloomgate House’, listed category B and described: “Circa 1830. 2 storey, 5 windows…. Late 19th century shop front to left with pend in left bay.” You can read the full description here: British Listed Buildings

le petit cafe bloomgate lanark, pen and ink drawing by ronnie cruwys

Coffee and cake at Le Petit Cafe after a yoga stretch. Great way to start a Saturday!

Friendly Le Petit Cafe, 26 Bloomgate, delicious baking only a few steps along from Nirvana.

artwork of Elliot hair lanark by ronnie cruwys

Elliot Hair Design 20 Bloomgate, Lanark

Elliott Hair Design, no 20 Bloomgate, early 19th century listed category C with its neighbour below.

Drawing of ALJ Lanark by ronnie cruwys

ALJ, 18 Bloomgate, Lanark

ALJ Supply uniforms and work wear.

pen and ink drawing Bloomgate Lanark by ronnie cruwys

GM Gas Services and Londis

These last two buildings are numbered 12, 14 and 16 Bloomgate, mid 19th C and listed grade C.

Thanks for reading if you have made it down here! I would love to hear from you if you have any interesting facts about the history of this street and/or these buildings. Please get in touch by email to or comment below. Don’t forget that you can see this drawing in full and two other Lanark drawings over on my main website Drawing the Street.

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Station Cottages, Baldwins Gate

It’s easy to miss this row of railway cottages built for staff of the new Whitmore Station by the Grand Junction Railway in the mid 19th century. I did for years until I decided to walk along an unfamiliar path which went alongside the railway line, not far from my old home. The cottages lie between the railway line and Station House fronting the A53 between Newcastle-under-Lyme and Market Drayton.

dog in the window of drawing of station cottages Baldwins Gate

Spot the dog in the window

I spent an hour or so sketching these houses in the summer of 2017 and it always makes me smile if there are animals around.

There were just four of these houses built initially, two up, two down with a wash house out the back, but not long after, they were extended to ten houses. In 1849, two of these were occupied by railway porters: Peter Rhead and Joseph Fletcher. Another of the cottages was home to Frances Rowley – an Engineer, who may have been involved in the construction of the nearby reservoir built by the Grand Junction Railway.

pen and ink drawing of station cottages in Baldwins Gate

No’s 4 and 6 Station Cottages, Baldwins Gate

Some of the houses have been altered by linking two together to make room for family life. The name itself tells the story such as ‘Sixes and Sevens’ below.

Station Cottages, Baldwins Gate drawing by Ronnie Cruwys Drawing the Street

Sixes and Sevens, Station Cottages, Baldwins Gate

pen and ink drawing of station cottages Baldwins Gate by Ronnie Cruwys

No 9 Station Cottages, Baldwins Gate

The row of cottages can be seen in full on my main website here Drawing the Street.

The original drawing is now held by the Brampton Museum where prints are also available to buy.  Please get in touch if you have any insights into the history of these cottages.

Thanks for reading  – Ronnie

Station Cottages Baldwins Gate

Last cottage in the row, Baldwins Gate

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Peg’s Cottage to Holy Trinity, Eccleshall

Turquoise painted window frames and the cheerful floral displays of Peg’s Cottage capture Eccleshall at its summery best.  This drawing continues the north side of the High Street concluding at No 80 where it meets Holy Trinity Church.

Peg's Cottage Eccleshall pen and ink drawing

Peg’s Cottage and 60 High St Eccleshall

This row of  cottages is unlisted but falls within the conservation area. At the time of writing, I have an exhibition up in Eccleshall Library of all nine of my Eccleshall street drawings.  It’s one half of a twin exhibition – Staffordshire streets are on display a few doors along at Gallery at 12.

I’m inviting people to add their own history to this archive/blog and I’ve been delighted by the response so far. Thank you to all those who have contributed! It’s all to easy to see history as big events but we all make history wherever we go.  Adding a few names and occupations brings life to these homes.

62 High St Eccleshall Ronnie Cruwys

62 High Street Eccleshall

pen and ink drawing of High Street Eccleshall

72 (left to right) 68, 66, 64 High Street, Eccleshall

The cottage with the red door belongs to No 68, where Martin and Julie Ratcliffe lived during the early 80’s until around 2013.  Martin is an architect and Julie works for the Fire Service. They raised their two sons here, Tom a GP in Yorkshire and Sam, an artist/record producer.

Next door (64/66) used to be two cottages where Mick and Jackie Murray lived for a similar period. Francesca, their daughter, now works for Staffordshire Police. The youngsters all went to Lonsdale School.

To see a photo of these cottages between 1890-1900, here’s a link to  Staffordshire Past Track where you can see them in the distance.

red brick house painting on Eccleshall High Street

72 High Street, Eccleshall

pen and ink drawing of 74 High street Eccleshall

74 High Street, Eccleshall     

No 74 is listed grade 2 and is described in British Listed Buildings online:

Mid C19 villa ornée. Engraved stucco; central projecting bay with gable having a blocked window at centre and a renewed window (with glazing bars) at either side; ornamental bargeboards. Ground storey has 2 later bow windows flanking a moulded wood doorcase with fluted pilasters and 6-panelled divided door, all under a tiled lean-to roof; projecting eaves; ornamental tiles.

76 High Street Eccleshall pen and ink artwork

76 High Street Eccleshall

No 76 is also listed grade 2 and British Listed Buildings on line  describes it:

‘Late C18. The core late C16 or early C17. Plastered brick with stone plinth;
gabled end to west partly of timber frame (exposed during restoration work,
1978); 2 storeys; 3 sash windows, the outers 3-light and the central with keyblock;
plain pilasters at sides with moulded caps; central pediment; moulded cornice
at 1st floor; moulded wood pilaster doorcase with pediment, part-glazed panelled
door, and stone steps up; plain eaves; tiles. The interior has some exposed
ceiling beams.’

78 High St

‘Ivy Mount’ 78 High Street, Eccleshall

In 1871, Ivy Mount was once home to schoolmaster Joseph Bernard. Staffordshire Past Track has a photo of a man standing outside the house – no name but the photo dates between 1890-1900. It also shows the ornate railings which have since gone, possibly during the war effort.

From British Listed Buildings Online:

‘Grade 2 listed.  Late C18. The core late C16 or early C17. Plastered brick with stone plinth; gabled end to west partly of timber frame (exposed during restoration work, 1978); 2 storeys; 3 sash windows, the outers 3-light and the central with keyblock;
plain pilasters at sides with moulded caps; central pediment; moulded cornice at 1st floor; moulded wood pilaster doorcase with pediment, part-glazed panelled door, and stone steps up; plain eaves; tiles. The interior has some exposed ceiling beams.’

80 High St

80 High Street

To see this building during the 1920-30’s, Staffordshire Past Track have a photo here.

Last of all, we reach the end of High Street where it leads into the boundary of  Holy Trinity Church and its grade 2 listed lychgate designed by the architect Basil Champneys in 1892.  From here High Street meets Church Street.

pen and ink drawing of Holy Trinity Church Eccleshall lychgate

Holy Trinity Eccleshall, Lych Gate

Staffordshire Past Track  has a photo which shows a clear view down the High Street  taken during the 1960’s.

I hope you can visit the twin exhibitions in Eccleshall on until the end of November. Eccleshall streets in the library and Staffordshire streets in Gallery at 12. All my Eccleshall drawings are available to buy as limited edition prints through Gallery at 12 or contacting me directly and all my drawings can be seen in full on my website Drawing the Street.

Thanks for reading,






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