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Ker-ching! From Dayton Ohio to Audlem Cheshire

Williams of Audlem have been present in Audlem town centre for 155 years. Recently, they have brought a wonderful treasure back into pride of place on their recently fitted antique counter. It’s such a great piece of crafted woodwork that I sketched some of the details below.

pen and ink sketch of cash register from Dayton Ohio now in Audlem Cheshire
National Cash Register in William’s of Audlem

There is a guarantee tucked away in the drawer with Judy’s grandfather’s name handwritten up at the top. It appears he got it from 225 Tottenham Court Road London, in 1913, which is now home to the Nationwide Building Society. There is a possibility that this was a reconditioned cash register imported from Daton, USA.

Guarantee of old cash register from 1913
Mr George Williams of Audlem – Judy’s great grandfather’s name pencilled on the guarantee
Keyboard on old cash register
Well worn keys
old cash register
Can’t see any pounds or shillings but plenty of pence!
Wooden cash register dated 1913 from Dayton Ohio
Antique wooden cash register now on display in Williams of Audlem
section of limited edition print audlem drawing the street
Williams of Audlem at the heart of the Square, Audlem

You can see the rest of the Audlem street scenes here on my website Drawing the Street   and Judy stocks signed limited edition prints of all the Audlem street scenes which I have drawn so far.

Pop in and say hello – there is always a warm welcome from Judy or Olive!

Judy Evans amd ronnie Cruwys at Williams of Audlem
Happy 155th anniversary Williams of Audlem! Thanks for the photo Olive 🙂

 

Audlem Aglow

October was a bit premature to share what was on my drawing board at the time – snowy scenes of some of Audlem’s delightful shops.

Now that we are into Advent and the temperature has fallen, it feels much more timely to share the images which are now on sale as Christmas cards at Williams of Audlem.

Newsagent Audlem
Derek at the Doorway of Williams of Audlem

Pop in to Williams and say hello to Derek!

Audlem Cycle Sport pen and ink drawing
Audlem Cycle Sport and Dry Cleaners

 

Old Priest House, Audlem, pen and ink drawing
The Old Priest House Cafe, Audlem
Pen and ink Old Post Office Audlem
The Old Post Office, Audlem

Following on fromm my last blog post, here’s the finished tea towel – a great Christmas gift and easy to post! On sale at Williams of Audlem, Cheshire.

Tea Towel of Audlem from pen and ink drawing
Audlem Tea Towel on display at Williams of Audlem

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Dry up the Blues!

Narrow Boar in Audlem
Narrow Boat, Audlem

I have been having some fun with blue and red ink lately.  Judy of Williams of Audlem has been doing a fine job of retailing the limited edition prints of the Audlem street scene so when asked about a tea towel design, I took it as an opportunity to play!

pen and ink drawing Audlem
Audlem Butter Market

I like tea towels to have fresh cheery colours, so picked up my inks and sketched some of the local landmarks and features. Audlem has a strong identity linked to the Shropshire Union Canal flowing alongside the village and there is plenty of subject material – enough perhaps for a second tea towel next year!

Here are the images which appear on the tea towel, now on sale through Williams of Audlem. They make a practical gift as well as being easy to post overseas.

More Audlem drawings in my next post – Christmas cards!

pen and ink wash williams of audlem
Derek (Judy’s Dad) in the doorway – Williams of Audlem
pen and ink teapot
Painted tea pot
painted jugs pen and ink
Painted flower jugs seen on narrow boats
pen and ink drawing Oxtail and Trotter
Oxtail and Trotter
Pen and ink drawing of the window
Window from St James Church, Audlem
memorial audlem cheshire
Audlem Memorial
Shroppie fly pub
The Shroppie Fly, Audlem

Audlem Street Drawing Limited Edition Prints

Audlem drawing at the printers
Simon at Smith York Printers in Ironbridge and me, Ronnie, with the Audlem street drawing

Whenever I finish a drawing, I scan it as soon as possible as the original often represents over a hundred hours work. Given the size of the drawings  (the Audlem drawing is 2 metres long), the scanned file sizes are huge as I scan with a high resolution for the best quality prints and so that enlargements on to canvas can be made for festival banners.

The street drawings are non-standard sizes so there are not many printing firms that can handle this combination. That said, Smith York in Ironbridge is a place where Simon not only can scan, but he also makes adjustments to the scanned image in order to reproduce the best quality giclee prints on heavy watercolour paper.

Andy and Jane at the Old Priest House, Audlem
Jane and Andy with the large size framed print of the Audlem street scene – soon to go up on the wall of the cafe.

The first few limited edition prints are now ready and for sale. I took the first framed large colour print along to Jane and Andy who have been running the Old Priest House in Audlem for almost twenty years. As Jane herself has been included on the drawing, it’s a great keepsake for friends and family of the part they have played in Audlem life. Thanks to you both for providing us with a top destination for many a sturdy breakfast!

When I set out to draw a street, I make thumbnail sketches and take photos. Inevitably, I  photograph a few passers-by and I like to draw them too as they are an important part of the streetscape. It crossed my mind that people may wonder if they have been included on a drawing so here are a few photographed faces and the corresponding sketches.

Williams of Audlem
Williams of Audlem

Set within the lovely group of buildings known as ‘The Square’, there is a shop which has been in the same family since 1862 – it’s Williams of Audlem. I particularly like the sign-writing on the awnings and doorway – and the attractive flower baskets and flags all add up to it looking very elegant indeed.

Williams of Audlem
Williams of Audlem

Audlem is a cycling hub! Cyclists are hard to catch on the move but I managed to snatch a few taking off. The slow start can only be the result of a big breakfast…

Bikes audlem
Audlem Cyclists
Audlem Cyclist 2013
Audlem Cyclist 2013
phone man Audlem
Walk and talk – Audlem
Stafford Street
Stafford Street Audlem

Williams of Audlem and the Old Priest House are stocking limited edition (100 total) prints. If you would like to buy an unframed colour print, prices are as follows: small (800mm long) £95, medium (1200mm) £135  and large (1500mm) £175.

The prices reflect the quality of the print, the work involved in the drawing and include a commission to the trader. So, if you buy a print, you also support your local high street! There are also a selection of postcards from the drawing avaiable for sale. Please dont hesitate to contact me if you would like to reserve a print.

Stafford Street Audlem
Summer people in Stafford Street
Audlem people
Summer People in Audlem
summer people in Audlem
Mum and youngsters Audlem Summer 2013

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