Category Archives: Eddie Parker

Yet more drawings by Eddie Parker

I’m up to my ears in work stuff right now, so I’m just posting some more¬†drawings forwarded by Eve Parry, for now. Watch this space, though, for a larger project. ūüôā

Shrewsbury Castle, The Dun Cow, Frankwell, Mardol, Abbot’s House in Butcher Row.

the castle dun cow

frankwell mardol

abbots house butcher row



Bear Steps

This is a bit of an outlier. It’s a watercolour of mine¬†based on a photograph but¬†has subsequently been the subject of some experimentation in Photoshop, so currently exists in this form purely as a virtual artifact. Very Zen.

In any case, it’s very different to the drawings by my uncle Eddy Parker that I’ve previously put up on this blog. As anyone who has seen the cartoons I sometimes put up¬†on WeLiveSecurity or Dataholics will (hopefully) notice, I put a lot more effort into this than I do into those¬†(example below), but I’m not the draughtsman he was.

bearsteps mono lite

I can’t at this moment lay hands on the photograph this was based on, but here’s one taken at about the same time. Note the resemblance in the timber framing on the South-facing end of the building to the building shown in Eddy’s drawing of¬†St. Alkmond‚Äôs Place, which leads me to believe that his drawing shows the same house. There’s a certain poignancy to this: it’s the house where my grandmother lived when she was first married, and where Eddy himself was born.

bearsteps house lite

So here’s one of the¬†cartoons I mentioned, just to prove I have no artistic pretensions. ūüėČ


David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow


St. Alkmond’s Place

This, I think, is the last drawing by uncle, Eddie Parker, that’s in my possession. It clearly doesn’t correspond to a contemporary view of St Alkmond’s Place (named after St Alkmund’s church – while the different spellings are a little confusing, I’m guessing the Place was named at a time when the spelling wasn’t entirely regularized).

My best guess is that the picture shows the housing around the Bear Steps, including the Gallery, before the houses were restored to show the original timber framing.

st_alkmunds_place lite


There are, however, other houses in the Place that have a somewhat similar construction. Again, I don’t know Eddy’s original source. Anyway, it’s an attractive drawing.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World

Castle Gates House

[As Eve subsequently sent me a better scan of the drawing, I’ve substituted that for the slightly cropped version that was here before.]

Another drawing by my uncle, Eddy Parker, this time scanned by my cousin Eve (and used here by permission, of course!) in whose possession it is now. According to the British Listed Buildings site, the house was originally built on Dogpole and moved in 1702 or thereabouts by the Earl of Bradford to its present site. At one time it was the residence of the Reverend Edmund Dana (1739-1823), Vicar of Wroxeter, Eaton Constantine, Harley and Aston Botterell, after whom the Dana was named. (Much more information about this interesting individual can be found at that link.) Something I hadn’t known is¬†that Dana as in the Shrewsbury walkway should be pronounced as if it were spelt Danner, not like the Irish singer. He was, in fact, born in Massachusetts: I don’t know if he was related to Richard Henry Dana, best known as the author of Two Years Before The Mast.

castle gates house

And here’s Eve’s photo of the house as it looks today (or at least very recently). Sadly, it could really do with a bit of a facelift. The house, not Eve’s photo. She’s actually a rather accomplished photographer.¬†ūüôā

castlegates by eve

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World

Frankwell, Shrewsbury: the old String of Horses/Co-op building

This is another drawing by my uncle, Eddie Parker. It shows the building in Frankwell, Shrewsbury, that I remember as the Co-op. However, according to Historic Buildings In Art, a web site devoted to the work of William Albert Green (mostly pen and ink drawings), the building was originally built in 1576 by John Worrall as two houses.


For some time it was an inn that went under various names, notably ‘The String of Horses‘. Part of the building became a Co-operative Store after a fire in 1912. It was dismantled around 1971 to make way for the Frankwell roundabout, but was rebuilt at the Avoncroft Museum at Bromsgrove. (I’ve been promising myself a visit to the museum for years but never made it yet.)

Shrewsbury Museums Service has a photograph of the building here, and there’s a drawing by William Green here, one of a number of his¬†Shrewsbury drawings. As a former resident of Ludlow, I like his drawings of our little town, too, but it seems he drew subjects from all over England and Wales.

I suppose for consistency with similar posts on this site I ought to include a photo of the roundabout to show what the area looks like now, but as I¬† live in Cornwall and don’t get to Shropshire much these days, it probably isn’t going to happen.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World

Shrewsbury: Church Street and St. Alkmund’s

The third in a series of drawings by my uncle, Eddie Parker.

churchstreet 5

This is a view looking from St. Mary’s Street down Church Street towards St. Alkmund’s church. St. Alkmund’s apparently stands at the highest point of the town, and certainly contributes to its distinctive skyline.

And here’s a photograph of approximately the same view, from 2007.

church street

To the left in Church Street, but not really viewable from this angle is the Shrewsbury Arms, better known as The Loggerheads. The pub is notable currently for its musical activities: not only live music, but acoustic and folk music sessions.

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow

Shrewsbury: Gateway House, Castle Gates

Another drawing by my uncle, Eddie Parker.


This is the Gateway and Council House at Castle Gates, Shrewsbury, with the entrance to the former St. Nicholas’s Presbyterian Chapel on the left.

Obviously, the term ‘council house’ didn’t mean quite the same in 1620 as it has since the 19th century. ūüôā

Here’s a photograph approximating the same view¬†from 2003.

gatewayhouse photo

David Harley
Small Blue-Green World
ESET Senior Research Fellow