american restaurant in Lanark Scotland drawn by ronnie cruwys

Route 36 to High Street Lanark

american restaurant in Lanark Scotland drawn by ronnie cruwys
Route 36, 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 36 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


2 responses to “Route 36 to High Street Lanark”

  1. Gloria Vanes Avatar
    Gloria Vanes

    Love all your sketches. So many memories. I live in Australia now sadly. Not by choice. Miss Lanark so much. Did you know that back in the 50’s /60’s the second floor of the old bank on the corner of Wellgate and Hight St. housed the Telephone exchange. My aunt Tilly (our name for her as children) and uncle Frank Gunning were telephonists there. I was brought up in Lanark. Went to the Grammar school and sang in the school choir at the bottom cross church. I attended St. Leonard’s church next to the railway station but sadly it’s long gone. Participated on the Lanimer Day floats. A Mrs. Miller from a few doors down from my house at 158 St. Leonard St organised the floats i was on. Great times. Oh! To turn the clock back again. So shocked and pleased to see Ross’s garage still going. We lived directly opposite and i used to watch for a glimpse of the Lanimer floats going back and forth between workshops as many were built there. Thks. so much for the memories. If i had the money or a magic wand I’d be there in a flash.
    Gloria Vanes (nee McDonald) ❤

    1. ronniecruwys Avatar

      Hi Gloria,
      Lovely to read your comment and your memories of Lanark. I have visited my family in Perth WA many times and it sure is a world away from Lanark. I didn’t know that about the telephone exchange – thanks for that insight. St Leonard’s street has quite a few of the lovely old weaver’s cottages – glad to see that many are still there. I’ve just seen that you have followed this blog – thank you! This is my way of archiving all my street drawings but I also have another blog where I share my sketches which includes a glimpse of the grammar school roofline – here’s the link to copy and paste into your browser.
      Thanks again for taking the time to share your memories and hope that a magic wand can bring you back one day:-)

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