Cheshire Street, Audlem – a dog’s heaven.

Audlem Cheshire Street 1

No 17 Cheshire Street

Although I finished this drawing in the summer, I am only just logging it here on the archive so you can see the buildings individually as I know quite a few will be looking at this from your phone.

Cheshire Street is the second in the Audlem street series. It sits within the conservation area and runs from the north into the village, opening out into The Square at the war memorial. For more about the local history of Audlem, please visit Audlem Online.

Audlem Cheshire Street 2

Primrose Grange, Audlem

Audlem Cheshire Street Chippy

Audlem Village Chippy – our dog loves a good chippy!

Audlem Cheshire Street Smithy

Smithy House, Cheshire Street, Audlem

Audlem Cheshire Street 4

JA’s Cafe, Audlem

Audlem Cheshire Street 5

Oxtail and Trotter, Village Butcher, Audlem. Arran in Dog Heaven. 

Audlem Cheshire Street fox cottage

Fox Cottage, Cheshire Street

Audlem Cheshire Street aldelyme court

Aldelyme Court, Cheshire Street

Audlem Cheshire Street the fold

The Fold, Cheshire Street, Audlem

3 The Fold 5 x 7 low res

A seasonal flavour to ‘The Fold’ being so close to Christmas!

Audlem Cheshire Street St James

Boots the Chemist with St James’s Church in the background.

Limited edition prints are available for sale from Williams of Audlem. Alternatively, please email me at

Details of sizes and prices are on

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St John’s Square, East, Burslem

2 Angels Burslem

No 1 St John’s Square, Burslem

Good to be back drawing another street in the historic core of Burslem. Here are the latest sequence of buildings from the east side of St John’s Square.  There is plenty written on the historic fabric in the town centre conservation plan.

3 burslem Ice St Johns Square

No 3 St John’s Square, note the 1882 date carved into the pediment.

4 Coral St Johns Sq Burslem 1

No 5 St John’s Square, Burslem.

4 Coral St Johns Sq Burslem 2

No 9 (?) St John’s Square

4 Coral St Johns Sq Burslem 4

Corner of Queen Street

I always welcome any historical insights into these buildings to include next to the drawings. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email ( or facebook/drawingthestreet

Thanks for reading,


Drawing the Street



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Drawing Micklegate, York, Part One

drawing of the Bike Shed Micklegate york

Bike Shed, Micklegate, York

York has four ‘gates’ or ‘bars’ leading into to the city and Micklegate is the one most familiar to me.

I grew up in York, going to nearby Bar Convent school and would often cycle into town along Micklegate, aware of its Roman origins and that it was part of the Great North Road.

I completed this drawing a few months ago and have posted it in full on my website Drawing the Street. It’s the first stage of drawing the entire length of Micklegate and I’m delighted to share it with you here in sections.

Limited edition prints are available for sale through the website or from Blossom Street Framing and Gallery, York.

Over to the drawings:

sota hair salon mickle gate drawing

SOTA hair Salon, Micklegate, York


Heaven Scent

Micklegate York

Portfolio, Micklegate York

Micklegate york

Portfolio Sudios Micklegate York

micklegate york

Old Siam and Curtains Up, Micklegate, York.  Note blue bike for the Tour de Yorkshire 2015

micklegate york

Micklegate, York

drawing of brigantes

Brigantes, Micklegate York

Micklegate brigantes York

Brigantes, York, with Mum, Dad and Arran

Sheesh Mana Micklegate

Sheesh Mana, Micklegate

new building micklegate

One of the more recent buildings on Micklegate

rattle Owl and Blue Bird Micklegate

Rattle Owl and Blue Bird Bakery


Nagshead Micklegate

Belvoir Micklegate

Belvoir, Micklegate

Coles Solicitors drawing

Coles Solicitors, Micklegate York

listed building york

gd2* listed Micklegate york

grade 1 listed Micklegate York

Micklegate House, grade 1 listed

micklegate drawing

Listed grade 2* York

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1-35 High Street, Eccleshall

1 High Street Eccleshall

Reeds Rains, No1 High Street, Eccleshall.

This is the third in the Eccleshall series. It’s the south side of the High Street, directly opposite the last Eccleshall drawing I posted on this blog.

The street begins with an early 19th century red brick building, listed grade 2 which stands on the corner of High Street and Stafford Street. It’s now home to Reeds Rains Estate Agents. To see this and the rest of these drawings in the full context of this street, please visit the parent website:

For more information about the history of these building please refer to – Stafford Borough Council’s link

drawing of Guys and Dolls Eccleshall

Guys and Dolls, Hair salon, Eccleshall

Alley Barbers and BB's dress shop eccleshall

Alley Barbers, Von’s Deli and Dressy Dressy, 7-9 High Street, Eccleshall

Over the summer I joined Staffordshire Artist’s Cooperative who share the running of the lovely Gallery at 12 on the High Street. One of the artists, a woodturner named Vance Lupton, was walking past with his deck chair following a monthly meeting. Couldn’t resist including him in my drawing along with our old dog Arran.

drawing of Nat West Bank Eccleshall

National Westminster Bank, Eccleshall

High st Eccleshall drawing

21 High Street, grade 2 listed, Jasmine Peking restaurant

pen and ink drawing of Crown Surgery Eccleshall

Crown Surgery Eccleshall

The Crown Surgery was once a former coaching inn on the London to Chester Road. The Crown was once used to hold a weekly butter market.

High St Royal Oak Eccleshall

Royal Oak, Joules Brewery, High St Eccleshall

pen and ink drawing of Merckx Bar

Merckx Belgian Bar, High Street, Eccleshall

A great place to meet up with friend’s especially on a summer’s evening.

cafe High street Eccleshall

Star Cafe, 29 High Street, Eccleshall

pen and ink

31 High Street, Eccleshall

pen and ink drawing of Veu High St Eccleshall

Veu, 35 High Street, Eccleshall

This is the last of the buildings on this section of the High Street. More to follow at another date.

Limited edition prints of the full drawing are now on sale in Gallery at 12, High Street Eccleshall. If you live in the area, please call in.

Limited edition set of 80 signed fine art quality giclee prints (unframed) are also available to order online on acid-free watercolour paper in three sizes:

Large 1350 x 300 £195 (10 prints only)
Medium 1000 x 300 £119 (30 prints only)
Small 600 x 200 £48 (40 prints only)

Prices include first class postage and packing. Please allow 10 – 21 days delivery though I will do my best to get an order to you before this. Payment by BACS, PayPal or cheque.

Please drop me a line at to check availablity and to order.

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2-30a High Street, Eccleshall

drawingof buildings in Eccleshall

A flavour of the variety of buildings in Eccleshall, Staffordshire

Hello and a warm welcome back to my blog. I have had a quiet spell recovering from some  fractures and it is great to be back drawing again.

It has been a tonic to work on the second drawing of the rural Staffordshire town, High Street, Eccleshall. High Street forms part of Character Area One of Eccleshall Conservation Area. There are many listed buildings which are documented in British History Online but if you have any insight into the living history of these buildings, I would be delighted to hear from you, to include on the blog alongside the drawings.

The drawing is 1.6metres long and the cropped images which follow read from No 2 High Street, where the High Street crosses Castle Street, (A519) up to No 30a. The street runs east to west and this drawing looks towards the north side of the street. I still have one or two finishing touches to add to street level – if there is any small detail that you would like to see included, get in touch asap, before I scan the drawing!

Wynns Independent Haulage Ltd  below, marks the corner of High Street with Castle Street, a grade 2 listed building.

drawing of Wynns on High Street where it meets Castle Street

Wynn’s Independent Haulage Ltd, High Street Eccleshall

Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe – No 2a High Street.

drawingof Mr Simms sweet shop eccleshall

Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe

Spencer the Jeweller is another grade 2 listed building, dating back to the 18th century.

Drawing of Spencer the Jeweller Eccleshall

Spencer the Jeweller, High Street, Eccleshall

Wines Etc, is in a listed grade 2 timber framed building.

drawing of Wine Etc, High street Eccleshall

Wines Etc, High Street

Eccleshall Pharmacy at No 8

drawing of Eccleshall Pharmacy

Eccleshall Pharmacy

Katherin House Hospice shop.

drawing of Katherine House Hospice shop

Katherine House Hospice Shop

The Arcade below is home to Gallery at 12  where Staffordshire Artists Co-operative showcase the work of artists and makers who live and work in West Staffordshire. The gallery is regularly updated with fresh examples of local art. The Arcade is also home to the independent children’s clothing shop Little Monsters and Eclipse Hair Salon

The Arcade, 12 High Street

The Arcade,  12 High Street, Eccleshall

The Artisan Coffee Shop, 14 High Street

drawing of the artisan, high street, eccleshall

The Artisan, High Street Eccleshall

The Bell, an 18th century former coaching inn.

drawing of the Bell pub, Eccleshall

The Bell, High Street, Eccleshall

Francesco Group hair salon at no 18

Francesco Eccleshall

Francesco Hair Salon

Tucked quietly between these listed buildings is Eccleshall Library, a much more recent addition.

pen and ink drawing of Eccleshall Library

Eccleshall Library, 20 High Street

British History Online describes the grade 2 listed building below as “Early C19. Red brick; 3 storeys; one sash window with a smaller window at either side. Second storey has a semi-circular tripartite window and pediment overall. Fluted stucco frieze at 1st floor. Modern shop-front.”

drawing of listed building on High Street Eccleshall

Nisa Supermarket, Eccleshall

London House  28 High Street, Eccleshall is now home to an Indian restuarant. British Listed Buildings online comments that the internal staircase hall remains intact with “C18 joinery on first and second floors”, including “moulded handrail and square newels with pendants and long turned finials”. All that along with a curry sounds worth a visit!

Pen and ink drawing of London House Eccleshall

London House, Eccleshall

The drawing ends with Star Pizza, 30a High Street, Eccleshall and the independent estate agents Edge Goodrich.

no 30a high Street Eccleshall

Star Pizza and Edge Goodrich, Independent estate agents

To see the first of the Eccleshall drawings in full, the Stone Road, please have a look at the gallery on my website:

Thanks for reading.


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Albermarle Mansions on the Holloway Road N7

Victorian buildings on Holloway Road

Fragments of pre-1894 buildings on the Holloway Road corner with Windsor Road

Holloway is one of the most densely populated parts of London, usually so full of people and traffic, that you barely have a moment to lift your eyes up to the buildings.

I hope the following sketches will give you a flavour of some of the interesting buildings that can be seen. This is the first of a series of drawings on the Holloway Road – to see the drawing in full, please visit my website

pen and ink drawing of Kale Food Centre Holloway Road

Kale Food Centre on the corner of Windsor Road

Holy Chinese takeaway and Chrissies Hair salon

Holy Chinese and Chrissy’s Hair Salon, 540 and 538 Holloway Road

Home Appliances 542 Holloway Road

D & S Home Appliances, 542 Holloway Road and ‘Empire Square’

pen and ink drwaing of Albermarle Mansions Holloway Road

The extraordinary face of the Albermarle Mansions just behind Bus Stop P – ‘Manor Gardens’

Now if you want to read a little about some of the more colourful lives of past inhabitants of this building,  I recommend you take a look at the Hornsey Road Blogspot where there are several posts about lives lived to the full on the Holloway Road!

pen and ink drawing of Bloomfield Court London

Bloomfield Court, Holloway Road, London

Please do get in touch if you can add anything to the history of this part of Holloway Road.

Thanks for reading.


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Eccleshall – Stone Road

drawing of Stone raod Eccleshall Staffordshire

Stone Road, Eccleshall Staffordshire

Hello and welcome back to my drawing archive.

It has been a while since I have posted over here but it doesn’t mean I have fallen off the wagon, far from it! I have been getting stuck into quite a few more street drawings and I am delighted to share this first one in Eccleshall, Staffordshire.

I have received several insights into the historical background of some of the buildings I have drawn recently. It really does bring depth to these drawings.  Please do get in touch if you have anything to share and I will add it to the blog.

I have started to post pictures of work in progress on Twitter (@RonnieCruwys) and Instagram (ronniecruwys).

Thanks for reading, Ronnie

12, 14 and 16 Stone Road pen and ink drawing

12, 14 and 16 Stone Road, Eccleshall, Staffordshire

16, 18 and 20 Stone Road, Eccleshall

14 (in part), 16, 18 and 20 Stone Road, Eccleshall

pen and ink drawing of Stone Road Staffordshire

20, 22 and 24 Stone Road, Staffordshire

Many thanks to the the gentleman who got in touch to let me know that his wife’s family lived at No 24 (red door) for about 47 years. He was able to confirm from the property indentures that the cottage dates back to 1840.

Top Styles Hair Salon, Stone Road, Eccleshall

Top Styles Hair Salon, Stone Road, Eccleshall

pen and ink drawing of Eccleshall Animal Health

Eccleshall Animal Health and Saddlery

Eccleshall Animal Health and Saddlery

Eccleshall Animal Health and Saddlery (continued)

My thanks are extended to Mr Renshaw who got in touch (July 2016) to let me know that one of his nieces who lives in Stafford, sent him a card of this part of the Stone Road for his 82nd birthday. It brought back memories for him as he wrote: “Although I have lived down south since 1961 I always thought of Eccleshall as my home when I lived at 9 Stone Road. The picture brought back such a lot of good memories, the building with the wooden front was a corn merchants, “F. Gardner” and attached on the left was a bakery where we would buy fresh bread straight from the oven and eat it without butter or anything else.”

A wonderful insight into the living history of these buildings. Wishing you a belated but very happy birthday Mr Renshaw!

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Bishy Road, East Side

Cycle Heaven Drawing

Cycle Heaven, Bishy Road, York

The Bishy Road is complete! It has been a delight to draw this street and to get such an enthusiastic response to my drawings. Thank you Bishy Roaders!

As my first drawing of this street went to press, you were just about to greet Le tour de France in some style. As I write this time, you have entered the competition to find the Great British High Street – excellent! You are a lively, supportive and welcoming community and I wish you all the very best.  I admire how you have made the most of your street: the shops are well maintained,  you throw a street party with ease, you support charitable causes and you cherish your local history. Most of all, you have a unique quality and energy which I wish you could bottle and share as it would spark a revival on the most downtrodden street. Go Bishy Road!

Starting with Cycle Heaven three shop fronts reflect the degree of bike-love in York. When I was growing up in Acomb, everyone cycled. I remember floods of railworker cyclists pouring out on to Holgate Road at the end of a shift. I think the freedom bikes gave us are imprinted into our fabric and possibly why Yorkshire connected so easily to the cyclists on the Tour. Where else have there been so many hallowed yellow bikes?

To see how Cycle Heaven looked pre-WW1 as Lunds Drugs Store,  have a look at the Clements Hall history archive here.

I had to include my husband looking in the window, with my York sister. Cycle Heaven – your loyalty card is up on our notice board – he will be back!

Bishy Road Fruitique

Fruitique, greengrocers, Rainbow House takeaway and M&K Quality Butchers

The greengrocers shop, Fruitique, has been in the same use since 1911 Link to archive and the butcher has been in the same use since 1891.




Costcutter decked out for le Gand Depart of the Tour de France 2014

  Link to Archive   There has been an off-licence on this corner for many years.

Fish and chip shop York,

Fisherman’s Wife fish and chip shop, Evolve Hairdressing Salon

Link to archive

Bishy road Pharmacy and delicatessen

Bishopthorpe Road Pharmacy and The Good Food Shop Delicatessen

Link to Archive


Houses Bishy Road

Dwellings on the Bishy Road

Stanley and Ramona

Bishy Road Dwellings and Stanley and Ramona, for home cooked food and ‘a right good cup of coffee’

Link to archive

 Thanks for reading. Bishy Roaders – all the very best for your entry into the #GBHighSt – you get my vote!

Stanley and Ramona York

Road closed for Le Tour de France July 2104  and lucky Arran waiting for a snack.

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Bishopthorpe Road (west side), Clementhorpe, York

35 and 37 Bishopthorpe Road, York

Millies Fruit and Veg and the Pig and Pastry Cafe – featuring Rory Motion (resident artist of the Bishy Road), Karen Turner the Photographer, Bonita and a small lost bear

As I write, the much loved ‘Bishy Road’ in York, is decked out in bunting and yellow bikes to greet the Tour de France this Sunday 6th July 2014. The street will be full to bursting with visitors and cycling fans, myself included, and once the Tour has passed through, a street party will kick off.

It’s not the first time this great community has hosted a party and I hope there will be many more.

So here are the buildings from the 1.8m streetscape drawing. I have cropped them in pairs so you can see some of the detail. To see the drawing as a whole,  please click over to and for a great full street length photographic view visit York360 over on

Clements Hall Local History Group is another aspect of this lively community. The group is building an archive of the history of this area and there is a fascinating set of photos already gathering on their blog. If you are interested to see how this street has changed in living memory – go and have a look. If you have any old photos of the Bishopthorpe Road – why not add them to the archive? The Pig and Pastry used to be a post office, McBrides was formerly Enterprise 33 and Hopscotch was once home to the Halifax Building Society.

33 and 31 Bishopthorpe Road

McBrides Opticians and Hopscotch footwear

27 Bishopthorpe Road

Trinicria Sicilian Restaurant, with my sister perched outside, patiently waiting for me.

Trinicria is well remembered by local resident Bruce as formerly being Leeming & Salisbury, the place to go for ‘Teddy Boy drapes, brothel creepers (suede shoes) and lariats (neckties)’. Laura remembers ‘lovely gloves, those knitted cotton layered ones, from wooden drawers under the glass counter’. The elegant shop front joinery has long gone but there are still some details remaining.

Leeming and Salisbury - photo courtesy Rob Stay and Clements Hall Local History Group

Leeming and Salisbury – photo courtesy Rob Stay and Clements Hall Local History Group

25 and 23 Bishopthorpe Road, York

Thomas the Baker and Frankie and Johnny’s Cookshop (the latter stocks cards of the Bishy Road Streetscape)

21 Bishopthorpe Road York

Rice Style Thai Restaurant and Age UK

Johnson and Elson, now home to Age UK and Lala Quila, photo courtesy of Rob Stay and Clements Hall Local History Group

Johnson and Elson, now home to Age UK and Lala Quila, photo courtesy of Rob Stay and Clements Hall Local History Group

Bishopthorpe Road

Lal Quila Restaurant

Bishopthorpe Road

Pextons Hardware Shop

Written on the Bishy Road memory wall Johnny writes: ‘When we moved into Pextons, we had boxes full of railway toilet locks that had the engaged signe on. There were lots of 1920’s window catches beautifully wrapped in tissue paper…we had blanks for church keys 9″ long…’beaver stones’ to wash the front doorstep…carbolic soap…People would come to us from all over York to buy black lead. Everything had to be cut…just on the counter…you would just make do and mend…essentially it was a very old fashioned place and remains that…”

Bishopthorpe Road

Dominos Pizzeria and Puddin and Pie

The dog outside Puddin and Pie is the one that was flagged up as found on the Bishy Road Facebook page. I was very happy to see that Blue found her way back home.

(Update note: April 2016  news from the Clementshall History Blog on change of owners at Puddin and Pie)

clements hall history group

Anne the Hairdresser long before it became the gift shop ‘Secrets and Surprises’.  The bay window remains over Puddin and Pie.

Secrets and Surprises and Churchills Esate Agents

Secrets and Surprises and Churchills Esate Agents

Secrets and Surprises is a new shop on the Bishy Road – the sign has only just gone up. What great timing to open up now – good luck Secrets!

New retailer on the Bishy Road

New retailer Secrets and Surprises on the Bishy Road

Bishopthorpe Road


There’s my Norman, top mouser. He is a complete figment on this street but always present as I draw. Interesting for me to read over on the Clements Hall site that there has been a betting shop here since the year I was born – 1959!

Bishopthorpe Road, York

Johnsons the Dry Cleaners

Rob Stay photo bishy road

Peter Smith Racing- a forerunner of BetFred

Bishopthorpe Road at Corner with Nunnery Lane

Bishopthorpe Road at Corner with Nunnery Lane with another figment – our old ghost  dog Arran.

Limited edition, fine art quality giclee signed prints are available at three different sizes. First two (large) prints are donations: 1/199 to Sir Bradley Wiggins a thank you on behalf of the whole Bishy community for the part he played in bringing the Tour over here, 2/199 up for sale and the proceeds to go to Crohn’s and Colitis UK.  Any questions, please email me at

Large signed print 1600x 360 £155 inc post and packing

Medium signed print 1200×300 £99 inc post and packing

Small signed print 600×200 £45 inc post and packing

A4 size prints set in mounts (280 x 360mm overall)  at £20 each:

1 Millies /Pig & Pastry  

2 Trinacria/Thomas’s/Frankie and Johnny’s

3 Lal Quila and Pextons

4 Puddin and Pie and Churchills.

Thanks for reading!

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Market Place Burslem, North Side

Pen and ink Drawing of Market Palce north side Burslem

Market Place, north side, Burslem

Pen and ink drawing of Albani Spice

Albani Spice, people gathering waiting for a coach to collect them one bright Saturday morning

Silver Coin Amusements

Silver Coin Amusements – these kind ladies made me a cup of coffee – thanks !


Liberal Club

Liberal Club, 1892, Market Place, Burslem – these lovely blues are painted with lapis lazuli pigment.

This fine 19th century building has beautiful ceramic tiles at the gable apex and was once used as meeting rooms for the Liberal Club.

Liberal Club, Burslem

Ceramic tile Detail at the apex of the former Liberal Club. Note the date of the tiling is nine years after the date shown on the brickwork below.

Burslem Liberal Club

The date 1892 AD, is beautifully crafted in terracotta and built into the facade.

It is wonderful to see that since its state of dereliction it has been repaired under the Burslem THI scheme.

Nowell Mello Solicitors

Nowell Mellor and Life Style Express at no. 24 Market Place, Burslem

Stevens Solicitors, 22 Market Place Burslem, pen and ink drawing

Stevens Solicitors, 22 Market Place Burslem


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