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Eleanor Crow’s Map Of East End Trades

December 6, 2019
by the gentle author

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday and Eleanor Crow has illustrated this map for the East End Trades Guild which will be distributed free in shops – so don’t forget to pick up your copy.

In these testing times, we must cherish and support the independent shops and small businesses which contribute so much to the East End by creating employment for local people and building communities.

Eleanor Crow will be talking about her book SHOPFRONTS OF LONDON at 2pm this Sunday at our BLOOMSBURY JAMBOREE at the Art Workers Guild. Click here for tickets



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At a time of momentous change in the high street, Eleanor’s witty and fascinating personal survey champions the enduring culture of Britain’s small neighbourhood shops.

As our high streets decline into generic monotony, we cherish the independent shops and family businesses that enrich our city with their characterful frontages and distinctive typography.

Eleanor’s collection includes more than hundred of her watercolours of the capital’s bakers, cafés, butchers, fishmongers, greengrocers, chemists, launderettes, hardware stores, eel & pie shops, bookshops and stationers. Her pictures are accompanied by the stories of the shops, their history and their shopkeepers – stretching from Chelsea in the west to Bethnal Green and Walthamstow in the east.

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  1. Jill Wilson permalink
    December 6, 2019

    Looking forward to seeing the map this weekend…

    Eleanor’s brilliant work can also be seen at the moment in the Townhouse Christmas window where her paintings of four iconic Spitalfields buildings have been made into a festive advent calendar.

  2. Greta Kelly permalink
    December 8, 2019

    Just home from attending this event. So many beautiful artisan products. Great colour, great friendly atmosphere. We were able to find unique Christmas presents. The three jolly gentlemen assisting us as we made our way in the hall door gave us an idea of the positive attitude and harmony awaiting us.
    Of course the highlight of the afternoon for us was the talk by Suresh Singh on his book, “ A MODEST LIVING Memoirs of a Cockney Sikh”. We were also spoilt by his wife Jagir who presented everyone in the room with home made onion bajis.
    The venue was an interesting backdrop to all the artisan works on display. I would love to get a guided tour of this building and it’s history.

    Greta Kelly & Shane Minogue

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