1 – 43 West Port, Lanark

West Port, Lanark is the sixth drawing in my Lanark street series. Lanark had four town gates: West Port, East Port, Wellgate and Castlegate. The gate that once stood at West Port has long gone having been demolished in the late 1700s.  This is the main route into town when travelling from the north-west.

drawing of west port lanark by artist ronnie cruwys

No 1 West Port, Lanark

Starting off here with No 1 West Port, the building closest to the town which sits on the corner of Friar’s Lane – which once led down to a medieval Franciscan friary.

artwork of West Port bed and breakfast Lanark by ronnie cruwys

‘The West Port’, No 5, Bed and Breakfast

The ‘West Port’ is a bed and breakfast which will hopefully be able to reopen soon following the lock-down.

drawing of no 7 west port lanark by ronnie cruwys

No 7 West Port, Lanark

Listed grade C, this early 19th century house is a splash of colour in summer.

no 9, 11 and 13 west port lanark, artwork by ronnie cruwys

9, 11 and 13 West Port, Lanark

Another early 19th century building but this one is  category B listed. There is a clear photograph of this building taken around 1976 here.

Mucky Paws, drawing by ronnie cruwys

Mucky Paws, No 15 West Port

The letter box standing outside no 15 is a clue to one of the former occupants of this building – it used to be Lanark’s Post Office.

pen and ink drawing of Naz Turkish Barber Lanark

17 and 19 West Port, Naz the Turkish Barber

drawing of 21 and 23 West Port Lanark

23 and 25 West Port Lanark

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Lanark Police Station

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Nos 35 and 37 West Port Lanark

Another category C listed building, built in the mid-19th century.

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EU Congregational Kirk, West Port Lanark

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41 and 43 West Port Lanark

To see the drawing as a whole, please visit my main website here. Limited edition prints are available from my website and Lanark Tolbooth  as soon as it re-opens.

Thanks for reading and I welcome any comments or insights into the history of these streets.

Ronnie

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Creation, Destruction, Good, Evil, Light and Dark: 34-84 Micklegate Part 2

The second part of the 34-84 Micklegate drawing has revealed quite a surprise to me but you will have to read on to find out more! This post continues in sequence from the last one with a striking example of a red brick Georgian townhouse, thought to be designed by the architect John Carr and built between 1753-7, grade one listed. You can discover more of his work on the York Civic Trust website.

red brick georgian mansion in york artwork by ronnie cruwys

Garforth House, 54 Micklegate, York

 

The building was once St Margaret’s independent grammar school for girls from 1905 until 1968. There was once a door on the right hand side which was later converted to a window – you can see this more clearly on the photo below.

door converted to window on garforth house york

Spot where there was once a door

drawing of 50 Micklegate by Ronnie Cruwys

50 Micklegate, Heloise Hair and Beauty Salon

Heloise Hair and Beauty Salon at no 50 Micklegate is early 19th century with late 19th C shopfront and is listed grade 2.  British Listed Buildings describes it as ‘Pink mottled brick in Flemish bond; eaves cornice on paired brackets to double span roof of slate, with brick stack at right end’.

The next building, home to Oxfam books and music is where it gets more interesting….

oxfam book and music shop micklegate york

Oxfam, 46 Micklegate, and No 42, Coffee Bureau

I’ve been reading about the history of the buildings as I go along and have just discovered that there was once a significant archaeological find dug up here. Not in recent years, but back when this grade 2 listed house was being built in 1747, a Mithraic Altar stone was unearthed. I had no idea what that meant and discovered that Mithras and Arimanius were two gods (first worshipped in Persia) who represented opposites – good and evil, creation and destruction, light and dark.  The temple once located here was probably built during the time of the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, between AD208-11. The gods are intimately associated with each other but York is the only place in Europe where you can see original carvings of both gods together. The altar stone is now in the Yorkshire Museum but you can see a picture of it on the History of York website.

Here’s the clip from the British-History website:

Nos. 42, 44, 46, 48, standing opposite St. Martin’s Church, include a back wing of c. 1710 but the main part of the building (Plate 53) was erected as two messuages (a dwelling house with outbuildings and land assigned to its use) in 1747, when a Mithraic altar stone was discovered whilst digging a cellar (Stukeley, iii, 358; Wellbeloved’s Eboracum, 79–85; Gentleman’s Magazine, May 1751). The site had been acquired from Thomas Mell, merchant, by Thruscross Topham (d. 1757), who married Ann Sanderson on 16 May 1747 (YCA, E.94, ff. 1, 2v.); R. H. Skaife, The Register of Marriages in York Minster (1874), 115), and the rebuilding was probably in connection with the marriage settlement.

drawing by artist ronnie cruwys of David Wilson Hairdressing York

40 Micklegate, David Wilson Hairdressing

Moving along to no 40, this narrow building was built c1840, in pink mottled brick in Flemish bond at the front, listed grade 2, hopefully still home to David Wilson when the Covid 19 restrictions lift.

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No 38 Varvils Court and 36, Micklegate Takeaway

This light cream brick building in Flemish bond was built late C19th, with later C20th alteration. It’s another grade 2 listed building.

drawing of 34 Micklegate york by ronnie cruwys

34 Micklegate, Sunshine

This is one of the more recent buildings on Micklegate – home to Sunshine and the Beauty Within.

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28 Micklegate York

The two last buildings on this side of Micklegate were once the Adelphi Hotel, built mid 19th century.  No 28 faces Micklegate, and was once known as ‘The Micklegate’, with its hipped roof abutting the side of the building which mostly fronts George Hudson Street Street. It is was home to Popworld, below when I drew it in 2018.

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Popworld, last building on this side of Micklegate

I have a limited edition print of this street in stock in my Etsy shop and I am including it under the #artistsupportpledge set up by Matthew Burrows. Postage is free worldwide until the end of July 2020.

Thanks for reading especially this far!

Ronnie 🙂

 

 

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34-84 Micklegate, York (part 1 of 2)

Drawing of Micklegate York, Sandwich Bar and Carter Jonas

82 and 84 Micklegate – Sandwich Bar and Carter Jonas

Picking up from where I left off with my first drawing of Micklegate, this one records the buildings from 34 to 84 as the street winds its way further towards York.  Micklegate is a living archaeological site – there is so much history layered into the fabric of the street since Roman times. My drawings just record what I saw at the time of drawing (2018). As usual, I’m always interested to hear any insights into the history of these buildings but for starters, I’ve included some quotes from two websites which have quite a bit of information on the buildings of Micklegate.

So, let’s start with no’s 82 and 84 and an extract from British Listed Buildings Online:

” c1822, with late C19 and C20 shopfronts. By Peter Atkinson jnr. Pink and cream mottled brick in Flemish bond at front and English garden-wall bond at rear, with red brick dressings; timber eaves cornice at front; to slate roof with three brick stacks rising through front and rear roof pitches.

Drawing of Micklegate York, Sandwich Bar

Sandwich Bar, 84 Micklegate, York

Drawing of Micklegate York, Carter Jonas, pen and ink

Carter Jonas, 82 Micklegate, York

drawing by Ronnie Cruwys of Dannie Lea and The Lawrance, Micklegate York

Dannie Lea and The Lawrance, 76 and 74 Micklegate York

From the website: British-history “Nos. 74, 76, is of mid 18th-century origin though the only evidence of this is the brickwork and band of the upper storeys of the street front. Early in the 19th century, the building was divided into two separate dwellings, at first of equal size since the rate assessment was £5 on each moiety in 1822. Further alterations probably took place then, for from 1823 onwards the assessment on No. 74, occupied by the owner, Harman Richardson, butter and bacon factor, was £6, while that of No. 76, sublet to a succession of tenants, was £4 10s. By this time a shop had doubtless been formed in the ground floor of No. 74. The building was altered again in the late 19th or early 20th century.

The street front is of three storeys. The first-floor windows of No. 74 retain original arches of single rubbed bricks and red brick dressings; all the other windows were more or less altered c. 1900, and the shop fronts are also of this period. 

drawing of ken spelman bookshop york

Ken Spelman, Micklegate, York

Ken Spelman’s bookshop has been going since 1948. There is something otherworldly about antiquarian booksellers – like stepping into a time capsule. I’m so pleased to see it is still here and hope it will survive these strange times.

Ken Spelman booksellers, Micklegate

Ken Spelman booksellers, Micklegate

“Nos. 70, 72, includes in the front range remnants of a two-storey, late 15th to early 16th-century timber-framed house; a third storey and attics were added in the 17th century. A middle range is of the 16th century, and a block to the N. is of the early 19th century. The property was refronted to Micklegate c. 1823, when the house was empty for part of the year and the assessment was raised (Rate Books of St. Martincum-Gregory). Over a long period from 1802 the premises were occupied by Christopher Simpson, a saddler, but parts of the property were sublet. In 1825, when Simpson mortgaged the freehold, he was stated to have recently converted the former tenements into one house (YCA, E.95, f. 262; E.97, f. 213v.).

The street front (Plate 60) is of fine dull red brick with markedly thin mortar joints; the two shops on the ground floor are modern. The two first-floor bow windows have moulded framing with moulded paterae, plain friezes and simple cornices. At the W. end is a contemporary moulded and fluted rainwater head.” Further information on the history of the interior on British-History website. 

Narrow joints on brickwork above Ken Spelman bookseller

Markedly thin mortar joints’ on brickwork above Ken Spelman, bookseller

Sharp Hairdressing for men, 68 Micklegate, artwork by ronnie cruwys

Sharp Hairdressing for men, 68 Micklegate

I am glad to see there’s a Sharp on Micklegate – my maiden name or my York name. There is some background to the building on the British-history website where it shows it was once home to a glasspainter, stonemason, druggists and surgeon:

“No. 68, was built in the mid 17th century; an entrance hall archway, the fine staircase, and possibly the cellar doorway are of this period. In the early 19th century the upper storey was added and most of the house remodelled. Edmund Gyles (1611–76), the glasspainter, and his more famous son, Henry Gyles (1645– 1709), lived here (Davies, 171–2); later occupants were William Stead junior, stonemason (d. 1823), Thomas and William Kirby, druggists (Rate Books, Directories), and George Hornby, surgeon (Davies, 175).

Sharp Hairdressing for men, 68 Micklegate shop front

Sharp Hairdressing for men, 68 Micklegate

“The street front, three-storeyed, is in stucco-rendered brick; it has a modern shop front and, to W., a doorway of c. 1800, with Roman Doric pilasters, glazed fanlight, and door of four fielded panels. Above the entrance is a four-light casement with raised moulded architrave, and over the shop front a Victorian bay window. In the upper storey are two casements, with raised moulded architraves and plain sills. There are moulded bands to both first and second floors, and a moulded cornice. The back elevation, originally two-storeyed, of the late 17th century, has an added early 19th-century storey with a pediment-like gable containing a central bull’s-eye window. The original windows were replaced at this time.” more information provided on the British-History website. 

drawing by ronnie cruwys of Martin and Co, 64 Micklegate, York

Martin and Co, 64 Micklegate, York

Nos.62, 64 AND 66 Listed grade II. House and shop. c1840. Pink mottled brick in Flemish bond on painted stone plinth, with timber eaves cornice on grooved brackets; Welsh slate roof with brick stacks at each end.British Listed Buildings online

58 Micklegate, York, Cads Gentlemens Hairdressing artwork by ronnie cruwys

58 Micklegate, York, Cads Gentlemens Hairdressing

From the website British-history “Nos. 58, 60, includes a large house built in the late 18th century on the E. two-thirds of the site; this was refronted c. 1830–40 when an older house to W. was rebuilt, giving a uniform elevation to Micklegate. The dentilled brick cornice at the back suggests that the earlier part was designed by the firm of Carr.

The front elevation to Micklegate, of three storeys, is in large pinkish-white bricks; the roof is of Welsh slate. Two shop fronts are probably of c. 1830–40, each flanked by fluted pilasters, and each with a house doorway to the W. Each of the upper floors has four hung-sash windows and above is a moulded cornice on coupled gutter-brackets.”

Studio 56, Hair and Beauty, Micklegate, York artwork by ronnie cruwys

Studio 56, Micklegate, York

From the website British-history No. 56, is mainly of the second half of the 18th century, but there are remains of an earlier structure, probably of the 17th century; a shop front was inserted in the late 19th century. It is of three storeys and attics, built in brick with modern pantiled roof. The property was bought from Christopher Rawdon in 1747 (E.93, f. 197) by John Bradley, apothecary (d. 1775), who probably carried out extensive rebuilding before his term as Sheriff in 1755–6. After his death it was the home of his widow Antonia (d. 1777) and her sister Catherine Marshall (d. 1779). Later the house was occupied by tenants, including the Misses Mary and Ann Brickland, who carried on a girls’ boarding school here from 1823 for some 10 years.”

The second half of this drawing will be posted soon. In the meantime, if you would like to see the drawing in full please visit my website or you can see the limited edition print available here in my Etsy shop.

Thanks for reading!

Ronnie

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17-39 Blossom Street, York

drawing of bar convent york by ronnie cruwys

Bar Convent, 17 Blossom Street, York

This part of Blossom Street consists mostly of 19th century Georgian buildings which have weathered many a storm. Starting here with the grade 1 listed Bar Convent, now also a Living Heritage Centre, the earliest part of this building dates from 1765 although its roots go back further.

drawing of bar convent york by ronnie cruwys

Bar Convent Living Heritage Centre, York

The Convent, formerly known as St Mary’s, was founded in 1686, at a time when Catholics were being persecuted by the state.  The community was run in secret in a house bought by its founder, Frances Bedingfield.

Quoting from the history  of york website: “in the 1760s, when the present elegant building was constructed, Catholic places of worship were illegal.  The nuns flouted the law and built a beautiful chapel, but one hidden from the outside.  In preparation for raids by magistrates the chapel was complete with eight exits and a priest hole, in which to hide”.

Although the dome of the chapel is completely hidden from view when on the street, this drawing is a flat elevation and I decided that I wanted to include it as a visible part of my 21st century drawing, thereby giving it a place on the street.

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All Welcome

The community took its inspiration from the ideas of Mary Ward (1585-1645) who created the ‘Congregation of Jesus and the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary’.  Mary Ward was a pioneer of women’s education in a time of great persecution and the Convent ran a school for Catholic girls, known as the ‘Ladies at the Bar’.

drawing of bar convent living heritage centre york by ronnie cruwys

19 and 21 Blossom Street, York

St Bede’s Pastoral Centre is a ‘place which offers hospitality, welcome and peace to all those who come and also provides a place apart for those who want to explore and deepen their spirituality’.

From the British Listed Buildings Online website:

“Two houses, later chaplains’ residence; now part of convent and Pastoral Centre. No.19 rebuilt 1837 incorporating remains of mid and late C18 house; remodelled and combined with rebuilt No.21 in 1845-47; C20 alterations and extensions. Mid C19 remodelling by GT Andrews for the Bar Convent. Red brick in Flemish bond with some stone dressings. Slate roof.”

drawing of blossom street york by ronnie cruwys

23 and 25 Blossom Street

Mid 19th century, grade 2 listed.

drawing of 27 blossom street york by ronnie cruwys

27 Blossom Street, York

This house dates to around 1840 – brick construction with painted stone dressings under a slate roof. I wasn’t concentrating here as you can see I had started on drawing windows into the blind recesses.

tiny building on blossom street york by ronnie cruwys

29 Blossom Street York

This is a surprise on this part of the street – a narrow one bay painted brick building, three storeys high, with a red tile roof hipped at the right. It was built as a house around 1820 and is now an office.

From British Listed Buildings online “EXTERIOR: 3 storeys and one bay. The windows are glazing bar sashes (renewed). The lower storeys have a 2-storey canted bay window with sashes to front and sides. The doorway, at the left, has a door case with engaged reeded columns with acanthus capitals and a reeded frieze. Above the door, which has 6 raised and fielded panels, there is a fanlight. The reveals have reeded borders to their panels. The gutter is carried on paired rectangular brackets. Chimney behind ridge towards right.”

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Buon Appetito, 31 and 33 Blossom Street York

Built originally as two shops and flats around 1850, this is listed grade 2, brick with slate roof.

drawing of studio 35 york by ronnie cruwys

Studio 35,  35 Blossom Street,  York

Another grade 2 listed mid-19th century building, with painted brickwork.  Note the carriageway entrance to the right hand side.

pen and ink drawing of Lawrence Hannah, York

Lawrence Hannah, 39 Blossom Street York

This was once the “Lion and Lamb” pub, now in use as offices for Lawrence Hannah. Built in 1828, it is listed grade 2 and now painted brick with stone or stucco dressings under a hipped slate roof. This was also once home to DWA Architects, York.

This drawing is available to buy as a limited edition print (fifty prints only in this edition) from my Etsy shop here.

Thanks for reading and stay well.

Ronnie

 

 

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Route 66 to High Street Lanark

american restaurant in Lanark Scotland drawn by ronnie cruwys

Route 66, No 34-36 Wellgate, Lanark

With most of these buildings on Wellgate constructed in the early to mid-19th century, they will have already witnessed the pandemic of 1918 -19, the epidemic which took around 50 million lives worldwide including my Grandfather’s, just a few months before my mother was born 16th March 1919, 101 years ago today. As I write this post, the UK is going into lock-down to try and reduce the escalation of Corvid-19. This post is for my ancestors.

Route 66 opened in June 2015, serving an American menu here on Wellgate, one of the ancient streets into Lanark.

The building is early 19th century and listed category B; British Listed Buildings describes them in more detail here on their  website.

The next building along is home to Jeera, Indian restaurant and takeaway at No 32 Wellgate, Category C listed and early 19th C:

artwork of Jeera Indian Restaurant in Lanark by Ronnie Cruwys

Jeera, 32 Wellgate, Lanark

Benson’s Hair and Beauty at No 28 and 30 Wellgate is also Category C listed, early 19th Century.

pen and ink drawing of bensons hair and beauty by artist ronnie cruwys

Benson’s Hair and Beauty, 28 – 30 Wellgate, Lanark

20-26 Wellgate is also mid-19th century and Cat C listed, home to Images Night Club and Jan Rooney Hair Design.  I have only just realised that I never included the signage for Jan Rooney – my apologies! I don’t know what happened there other than a lapse in attention! I have added a photo of this below for the record.

artwork of Images Wellgate, Lanark

20-26 Wellgate Lanark

jan rooney hair design lanark ronnie cruwys

Next along is 18 and 16 Wellgate, another mid-19th century building, home to Michele Fannock and Alan Elliot Butcher.

18 and 16 Wellgate Lanark

Michele Fannock and Alan Elliot Butcher, 18 and 16 Wellgate, Lanark

Maisies below stands a story higher than its neighbours.  Again, mid-19th Century and category C listed.

maisies bar in lanark drawn by ronnie cruwys

Maisies, Wellgate, Lanark

Hazel Hannah barber shop at No 10 Wellgate is located in a compact early 19th Century category C listed building.

little cottage shop on wellgate lanark drawn by ronnie cruwys

Hazel Hannah, 10 Wellgate, Lanark

As we approach the High Street end of Wellgate, Petite Boutique abuts the more formal classical fronted building which was once home to the Clydesdale bank.

masonry building on wellgate lanark drawn by ronnie cruwys

Petite Boutique, 6 Wellgate Lanark

The bank was built in the early 20th century.

ashlar stone building on wellgate drawn by ronnie cruwys

Former Clydesdale Bank on the corner of Wellgate and High Street

That’s all on Wellgate for this drawing. Please visit my website to see the drawing in full or to order one of my limited edition giclee prints. The Tolbooth Lanark also stocks cards and prints.

Thanks for reading and stay well. Ronnie

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Wellgate Lanark – Healing Hands to La Vigna

drawing by ronnie cruwys of healing hands and storm hair wellgate lanark

Healing Hands and Storm Hair, 60 and 58 Wellgate Lanark

Wellgate, Lanark is one of the historic four gates or ports into the town. These are West Port, East Port, Wellgate and Castlegate. This drawing of Wellgate starts with no 60 and 58 and ends where it meets the High Street. This is part one of  two posts covering Wellgate between Healing Hands and La Vigna Ristorante.

drawing of healing hands in Lanark by ronnie cruwys

Healing Hands 60 Wellgate Lanark

As always, I like to find out a little history about the streets and came across this e-book ‘History of Lanark and Guide to the Scenery, with List of Roads to the Principal Towns’ written by W. Davidson and published in 1835   link heredetail of masonry date on wellgate lanark

‘DW 1893’

drawing of Storm Hair Wellgate by ronnie cruwys

58 Wellgate, Lanark

To save you wading through a lot of pages, there is a paragraph on Wellgate which reads as follows:

‘All streets diverge from the Cross, and here, the Wellgate branches off, in a southern direction, leading towards New Lanark, and Carlisle. This street is remarkable, only for its narrowness and irregularity; and the plentiful supply of water, which it contains in times of severest drought. Perhaps this may account for the origin of its designation as being the street or way which led in ancient times to the reservoir or wells which supplied the inhabitants with water, which is but sparingly supplied, at different seasons, in other parts of the town; and by the want of which the people are often subjected to severe privations.

drawing of Wah May chinese takeaway Lanark

Wah May 50 Wellgate, Lanark

Wah May is in a category B listed early 19th century building. British Listed Buildings describes it as:

‘3 storeys, 3 bays. Lined render with painted raised margins. Central door with flanking windows and band course above. 3 windows to 1st and 2nd floors. Eaves course. Pitched slated roof. 1 window in 1st and 2nd floor on south east gable end.’

pen and ink drawing of no 48 wellgate lanark by ronnie cruwys

48 Wellgate Lanark

I don’t know anything about these elegant buildings but the archway looks like it was built for a horse and cart to pass through.

artwork by ronnie cruwys of silvia designs wellgate lanark

Silvia Designs, 44 Wellgate, Lanark

I will sign off with La Vigna, which I understand has a well deep below the restaurant floor, roughly in line with the person walking past.

Thanks for reading,

Ronnie 🙂

drawing of La Vigna restaurant by artist ronnie cruwys

La Vigna Ristorante, 40 Wellgate, Lanark

 

 

 

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Dalserf – Kirk Road

Drive along the Clyde Valley tourist route towards Lanark (A72) and you will pass a small sign to Dalserf Church. Slow down and you will see a further sign “Dalserf 1655” and you may catch a glimpse of the street lamps.

sketch of street lamp by ronnie cruwys

Dalserf street lamp

This might be a long way to travel for most of you reading here so let me take you for a walk through this tiny but surprising village which once had a population of over a thousand prior to the Industrial Revolution.

Drawing of no 1 Kirk Road Dalserf Clyde Valley

No 1 Kirk Road, Dalserf

Most of the buildings are listed in Dalserf. From the website British Listed Buildings, the description reads:

“B-group with old manse and church. According to the Statistical Account written in 1951, the cottages at this stage were still thatched and ‘brightly painted’. The roofs were slated as part of the 1959 restoration.”

drawing of 1-2 dalserf by ronnie cruwys

1 and 2 Kirk Road Dalserf

The row of cottages No’s 1, 3 and 5 described as:

“Probably mid 17th century with later alterations. Row of 3 single storey, 4-and 3-bay cottages forming approach to Dalserf Parish Church. Harled with painted ashlar margins to openings. Blocked cills”.

drawing of traditional scottish cottage by ronnie cruwys

Duck or Grouse, no 3 Kirk Road, Dalserf

The most startling thing that compliments the buildings is the flowers and planters – they are gorgeous!

 

no 3 kirk road dalserf artwork by ronnie cruwys

Duck or Grouse

Not long after we moved to the Clyde Valley, I sat outside and sketched part of Kirk Road and the kind soul who lives here invited me to look around the church. It was such a part of the village that I have also drawn it although separate to this street drawing. You can see this over on Drawing the Street website.

painting of Dalserf by Ronnie Cruwys

No 5 Kirk Road Dalserf

No 5 marks the end of the cottages – it’s a short road, so I have included the opposite side on this drawing.

stone building dalserf drawn by ronnie cruwys

no 4 Kirk Road Dalserf

From the British Listed Buildings website:

“Early 18th century with later alterations and additions. 2-storey, 3-bay symmetrical rectangular-plan house incorporating high rubble wall to left and lean-to rubble shed to right. Cream sandstone rubble with painted ashlar margins. Eaves course.”

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Here is part of the high rubble wall with a doorway between No 4 and the single story cottage at the entrance to the road. I couldn’t find a name or a number for this but it is standing opposite no 1.

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Cottage opposite no 1

If you are interested in a little more of the history of  Dalserf, it had strong links with the Covenanters. 

To see the drawing in full, please visit my website Drawing the Street. I will sign off with my sketch from that hot summer of 2018.

ronnie curwys sketchbook dalserf

Thanks for reading,
Ronnie 🙂

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Flowers by Lesley to Flowers of Scotland

sketch of Lesley Strachan's florist shop lanark

There’s something uplifting to see flowers out on the high street, especially at this time of year. To continue where I left off on the last blog post, this is Flowers by Lesley Strachan,  on Lanark High Street, always a welcome blaze of colour whatever the season.

drawing of Brooks by Ronnie Cruwys

Brooks – Ladieswear

Established in 1853 Brooks is one of Scotland’s oldest family businesses.  ‘Cross Keys Close’ links the High Street with North Vennel beyond.

pen and ink drawing of Lanark shop, Solely Tempted by Ronnie Cruwys

Solely Tempted, Lanark

High Street lies in the centre of the town’s conservation area which acknowledges the variety of shop fronts which enhance the town’s character.

Brooks mens clothing shop stone fronted building lanark

Brooks – Menswear

drawing of Ritchie's Close Lanark

Ritchie’s Close

pen and ink drawing of takeaway lanark

Taj Mahal Lanark

I would love to know a little more about the history of these buildings – perhaps time for  another  visit to the reference library. Meanwhile, if you know anything that I can add to this archive, please do get in touch.

lanark High street by ronnie cruwys

McKellars Jewellers

McKellars are a long established award winning jeweller here in Lanark, winning the Best Specialised Retailer for South Lanarkshire and Best Gift Shop in Lanarkshire 2019.

drawing of Flowers of Scotland by ronnie cruwys

Flowers of Scotland

This drawing of the High Street concludes with Flowers of Scotland and Hunter’s Close.

To see the whole of this drawing and other streets in Lanark, please visit my website. The Tolbooth Lanark stock my cards and prints of Lanark. Please get in touch if you have any queries.

Thanks for reading,

Ronnie

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Images of Wonder, High Street Lanark

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Emma Marie Bridal, Lanark

This shop now lies vacant.

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Prego Italian restaurant

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

The Rug and Flooring Stores has also left the premises.

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Ravissante, High Street, Lanark

 

 

 

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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,

Ronnie

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Bloomgate: St Nicholas to Greyfriars

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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:

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‘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.

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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

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Strolling past the Wallace Cave in winter

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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.

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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…

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Bank of Scotland

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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.

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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.

Ronnie

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