So I stumbled across this postcard published by Harrow Library Services. Chapel lane, Pinner in 1904. I have placed it next to my drawing of the bridge on Chapel lane in 2016.
There are some poppies in a black vase on a black plinth on the floor of a War Memorial in West House commemorating those from Pinner lost in conflict. The image below is of an intaglio print of the poppies.
The cottages in this intaglio print are on Waxwell Lane in Pinner. The contrast in tone of the door at the far left is not faithful to the door in the cottages but for me the contrast is appealing, quirky, odd.
This is an intaglio print of a building on the High Street in Pinner. It is close to the Pinner Parish Church. More to follow on the history of the building which has a curious roof structure.
In this print I also explored the possibilities of varying tones and textures.
I have lived in Pinner since 1990. Embarking on this drawing project is a means by which I can acknowledge my adopted home. I have revisited and looked carefully at viewpoints that I thought were familiar. Through the process of drawing and recently printmaking I have found a means to revise my thoughts about these viewpoints. The drawing and print of one of the Metropolitan Line bridges in Pinner is, I think, a good example of how a view can be reinterpreted.
These are two versions of the Metropolitan Line bridge across Chapel Lane viewed from the Bridge Street side. On the left is an ink drawing and the right an intaglio print.
The most familiar structure in Pinner is the Parish Church. It was built during the Decorated Period of Gothic architecture. This village church has been described by the architectural historian, Nicholas Pevsner as “one more of the all round typical minor Middlesex churches”. Its greatest assets are the overall proportions, the five-bay nave arcades the chancel arches and the tower which dominates the surrounding area. For my drawing I concentrated on the tower.
The existing structure dates from the early 14th century. The plan was originally of simple cruciform shape, comprising nave, aisles, chancel and transepts only. The tower, south porch and five-light east window were added in the 15th century. My drawing, made in ink, concentrated on the surface detail of the tower walls and the immediate setting of the church.