In Yorkshire, they’re called ‘ginnels’ or ‘snickelways’. Here in Lanark, they are called a ‘close’. Lanark High Street has 14 of these narrow openings that weave in and out of the town centre, tracking centuries of movement and trade.
Up until last year, they were dark and run down but the Discover Lanark BID and Lanark Community Development Trust have transformed the High Street’s closes by turning them into features which promote key aspects of Lanark’s history. At least seven closes have been repainted and had new energy efficient light fittings installed.
The next step planned is to install panels explaining the history of each close including information about their names, you can read more about it here.
Six of these closes are featured on my drawing of the High Street, it’s up in full on my website here.
On the opposite side of the street, Wallace Close has been brought to life with artwork depicting key moments of Wallace’s life in Lanark. Perhaps that’s another street drawing for the future!
Prints and cards are available to buy through the Tolbooth Lanark, or from my website.
As always, thanks for taking the time to read,