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Catching Up With Peta Bridle

February 7, 2019
by the gentle author

Since 2013, I have been regularly publishing Peta Bridle’s splendid drypoint etchings of London and it my pleasure to present this selection of new works, seen publicly for the first time here today

View over Mare St, from St. Augustine’s Tower, Hackney

“I visited St Augustine’s Tower recently. Although I do not like heights, it was worth the struggle up the stairs for the view from the top. A man sat begging under the bridge while people on mobiles walked past, red buses turned the corner onto Mare St and the towers of the City huddled in the distance.”

George Davis is Innocent, Salmon Lane, Limehouse

“This graffiti has survived under a railway bridge, adorned with metal signs, since the seventies. I like graffiti and street art because it manifests the human touch. George Davis was an ex-armed robber who was imprisoned in 1975 for an armed payroll robbery at the London Electric Board Offices. Graffiti proclaiming his innocence can still be found on walls and railway arches.”

The Poplar Rates Rebellion Mural, Hale St, Poplar

“This bold mural, painted in primary colours, commemorates the rates rebellion led by councillor George Lansbury in 1921, pictured on the wall in his hat and chain of office. Poplar Council refused to take rates money off their poor residents because they believed it was unjust. Thirty councillors were imprisoned for contempt of court but were released after campaigning and their names are listed on the wall.”

The Thames Pub, Deptford

“This derelict pub, once know as the Rose & Crown, sits on the corner of Thames St and Norway St, and has been painted a deep rose hue. It is surrounded by new building and a brand new supermarket across the road, so I think its days are numbered.”

Petro Lube, Silvertown

“This derelict building, once the headquarters of Petro Lube, stands on an industrial estate in Silvertown. Note the building works in the background – (a common theme in many of these etchings).”

Abandoned Caravan, Poplar

“This caravan had been abandoned at the side of a minor road near the tip. When I returned a few weeks later to take reference shots, I discovered it in pieces piled on top of a skip. Nothing stands still in London.”

Gasometer, Bow Creek, Poplar

“I spotted this Victorian gasometer while out for a walk along Bow Creek. It was already partially dismantled and, when I returned a couple of months later, it had totally disappeared.”

Abandoned Nissan, Chapman St, Shadwell

“This car is not going anywhere, but I found it made a good subject with its graffittied bonnet and crazed windscreen.”

Spur Inn Yard, off Borough High St, Southwark

“Borough High St was once lined with inns . The Spur Inn, first recorded on a map in 1542, was desrcibed by John Stow as one of the ‘fayre Innes for receipt of travellers.’ It stood the test of time, even though it ceased to be an inn in 1848. A huge wooden beam was set into the left hand wall as you enter under the high archway and, on the right, timber frames criss-crossed the brickwork. The cobbled yard was narrow yet quite beautiful. This is the view from the back of the yard looking towards Borough High St. The tarpaulin at the top hides the roof and chimney stack, prior to demolition. Spur Inn Yard was swept aside to be replaced by a new hotel which opened in 2017. All that remains is the timber set into the wall and the old stone cart tracks.”

Prints copyright © Peta Bridle

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11 Responses leave one →
  1. February 7, 2019

    Gorgeous and thoughtful work, Peta. I love it (you really should set up a website).

  2. Jennifer Taylor permalink
    February 7, 2019

    Absolutely wonderful! I particularly like the figure in ” Poplar Rates Rebellion Mural” with its sense of purpose – the slender border of light throws it into relief & gives movement. Thank you.

  3. February 7, 2019

    The Etchings are fantastic. Valerie

  4. Jill Wilson permalink
    February 7, 2019

    Fantastic drawings but again tinged with sadness as so much is being lost to the rampaging developers.

  5. Jonathan Madden permalink
    February 7, 2019

    These are really lovely drypoints, brilliantly observed. I’ve visited the Thames Pub recently and am in the middle of a painting of the very same, sadly another victim ripe for development. Thanks for the post.

  6. Olivia Kilmartin permalink
    February 7, 2019

    I live nearby and would love to buy one of these etchings. Captures Hackney life beautifully. Are they for sale anywhere? Or any etchings by Peta Bridle?

  7. Marcia Taylor permalink
    February 7, 2019

    Great way to document . It’s so important to to see this side of London much more interesting than what a lot of print makers print .
    Thank you .

  8. Charlie Ringrose permalink
    February 7, 2019

    These are wonderful. I remember the George Davis graffiti from when I was a child growing up in London in the seventies – particularly the ‘with every packet of Cornflakes’ that was added to ‘Free George Davis’.

  9. February 7, 2019

    Beautiful work. I loved Spur Inn Yard. I wonder if the hotel that is now there will ever again make it worth a brush of paint or even a photo for that matter.

  10. February 7, 2019

    Beautiful evocative and atmospheric work by Peta. Images are drawn and etched with much love and affection but totally lacking any sentimentality. I can almost smell the oil leaking from the abandoned car into the gritty road surface

  11. Andy permalink
    February 16, 2019

    Visiting here on the 26th deb with mt students. Your images are evokotive and inspiring

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