Back to the London sketchbook. All trips to London start with a tea from Gourmet on Platform1, Stoke Station. Here are a few sketches which I made around the Hornsey Road which runs parallel to Holloway Road, drawn over several visits.
On some of these trips, I enjoy making tiny thumbnail sketches in less than two minutes, then adding a bit of colour at home.
It’s surprising what you can catch when you know you only have seconds when the bus stops.
On my way to the Hornsey Road, I walked past Royal Northern Gardens, a park created in 2002 on Manor Gardens. The Royal Northern Hospital opened in 1888 and once stood on this site. A new Casualty Department was opened in 1923 following WW1 as a memorial to the people of Islington and these rainwater hopper heads caught my eye, having been salvaged from the subsequent demolitions in the mid 1990s. They are now part of the memorial wall and used as planters.
Heading down Bavaria Road, I stopped to draw the ghost sign from the former Alexander Coffee Tavern. it turns out that this was once home of The Blenheim Arms, 395 Hornsey Road. Following closure this became a temperance pub called The Alexandra Coffee Tavern.
Another old sign caught my attention – ‘Plough Stables’. I was joined while I sketched by Martin and his dog Barney and I discovered it too was once a pub, a favourite of Martin’s dad.
Then sketching this ornate entrance to the Mosque, it too was once a pub – I smiled when I learned it was called the Hanley Arms.
I usually have to go inside to warm up at some point and since a kind person brought me out a green tea from the Rusty Bike Cafe, I went in for a bite to eat.
I will sign off with this sketch of an old red phone box, not so many around these days.
Thanks for reading,
4 thoughts on “Forgotten pubs around the Hornsey Road”
I can see that you are trying for a fluid style. For me, the sketch of the Plough Stables is rather too weak to publish.
Thanks for taking the time to read and to comment Nick. I see I am going to have to up my game! I consider most of my sketches fairly weak but will keep on trying. Best wishes
I have seen a couple of your drawings of buses that are ace but I can’t see the no.43!! Have you got it in your archives?
Just scoured my sketch books. Most of mine are of the 253 bus but I have something that might be of interest but it is pretty sketchy. My scanner is on the blink at the moment but hopefully will get it fixed in the next week or so and will post the sketch with a few others next time. Thanks for getting in touch! Ronnie