Mary's second book - Berkhamsted High Street Drawings 2000-2002
£19.50 in both Waterstones and Woods of Berkhamsted, contact Mary for signed copy.
||After returning to England from Singapore, the drawing bug had
really set in and one Sunday I went down to the high street of my home
town of Berkhamsted and drew the local baker's shop, where I used to
work as a Saturday girl. My youngest sister came with me, and we sat on
the steps of the bank and both drew. Well, she got bored, finished her
sketch, and went home. I, however, decided to just stay on, and started
to draw the building next to it…|
Before I knew it, I was hooked on drawing the next building and the
next one, and to cut a long story short, it became a personal mission.
I spent every spare moment I could out on Berkhamsted High Street with
my camping chair and sketchbook before work, during my lunch-breaks,
even up until 10 o'clock at night, if I could just get the next shop
Eventually, three years later, I had done it all. I had drawn every
building on both sides of Berkhamsted High Street. Wow! In doing so I
had become a bit of a local institution, everyone wanted to know not
only what I was doing, but why? Oh yes - and did I know the gift shop
over there used to be a butcher's?
Well, my grandparents on both sides have lived here since the mid
1930's, my parents too, my brothers and sisters and I grew up here so I
did know a lot of snippets about what the shops used to be. However my
interest grew, and I began researching, which consisted of talking to
my grandad and his mates and reading the local history books, even so,
there were gaps. I went into every shop, and asked people what they
knew; I acquired phone numbers of former staff who were, for example,
retired and living in Blackpool, called them up, listened and slowly I
had a history of each shop, or building.