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.”


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.


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,


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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.

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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