Drawing the Detail: a closer look at Drawing the Street.

  • Route 36 to High Street Lanark

    Route 36 to High Street 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…

  • Wellgate Lanark – Healing Hands to La Vigna

    Wellgate Lanark – Healing Hands to La Vigna

    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…

  • Dalserf – Kirk Road

    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. This might be a long way to travel for most of you reading here…

  • Flowers by Lesley to Flowers of Scotland

    Flowers by Lesley to Flowers of Scotland

    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. Established in 1853 Brooks is one of Scotland’s…

  • Bloomgate to High Street, Lanark

    Bloomgate to High Street, 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…

  • Bloomgate: St Nicholas to Greyfriars

    Bloomgate: St Nicholas to Greyfriars

    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…

  • Mount Parade, York

    Mount Parade, York

    If you are a fan of Georgian streets, then Mount Parade is a treasure waiting for you if you ever visit York.

  • Broomgate, Lanark

    Broomgate, Lanark

    Broomgate (not to be confused with Bloomgate around the corner) is full of colourful traditional rendered buildings…

  • 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…

  • 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…

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