1-29 York Street, Leek

pen and ink drawing with egg tempera wash

Bury and Hilton, Surveyors, No 1 York Street, Leek,

Leek is a delightful market town, lying at the meeting point of several ancient routes in the middle of the Staffordshire Moorlands. It’s streets are full of history and it can trace its origins back to a Bronze age settlement.

pen and ink drawing with egg tempera wash

No 3 York Street

For this street drawing I’m not looking so far back, just a hundred and sixty or so years ago.  York Street, together with Market Street, Silk Street and Deansgate, were all laid out in 1855, possibly to provide accommodation for workers in Leek’s growing silk industry.

5 and 7 York Street Leek Staffs pen and ink drawing

5 and 7 York Street Leek Staffs

I would love to know more about who lived here when the terrace was first built, what the occupants did, their families and so on.

This blog aims to record local history associated with the places I draw. Please get in touch if you can shed any light on their history, I would love to hear from you!

The drawing of the entire street is now available to buy as a fine art limited edition print, unframed for £75. The print run of the York Street drawing is small, only 30 prints in total, at 60cm long. If you would like to see the street drawing and live in or near Leek, Sherratt and Reece, the framers above Odeon Antiques on St Edward Street stock and frame these prints.

If you would like to order a print from me directly, please get in touch with the form at the end of this post.

Pen and ink drawing of architecture in Leek

9 and 11 York Street Leek Staffs

Flowers on York Street in Leek

13 and 15 York Street Leek Staffs

17 and 19 York Street Leek Staffs drawing in pen and ink

17 and 19 York Street Leek Staffs

21 and 23 York Street Leek Staffs drawing in pen and ink and egg tempera

21 and 23 York Street Leek Staffs

25 and 27 York Street Leek Staffordshire

25 and 27 York Street Leek

29 York Street Leek Staffordshire

29 York Street, Leek

To see this and another drawing of Leek, please visit Drawing the Street

Thanks for reading.

Ronnie

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About ronniecruwys

Trained as conservation architect and worked in Stafford for 13 years. I now work in the traditional arts and draw architectural street elevations of the older parts of towns and exhibit these locally. I am a graduate of Aidan Hart's Icon Diploma course, run by the Prince's School of Traditional Arts and attend local drawing classes with David Brammeld and calligraphy classes with Oliver Leech. I live in Staffordshire with my husband and our pets - a chesapeake bay retriever, 2 cats and our 46 year old tortoise.
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