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The Railway Inn

Around 1830 the railway arrived in Gosport. It was a special line for the convenience of Her Majesty Queen Victoria who had a house on the Isle of Wight, Osborn House, to which she was inclined to visit on occasion, so a train from London direct to Gosport, for onward travel by ferry, was most… Continue reading The Railway Inn

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Life is a circle

One of my early commissions, three years ago, was ‘The Shed’. It was the new workshop of Karen of @karensquilts. All sorts of 'additions' appeared - Cheryl, the crow; Lance, the good knight; Treacle, the family's late cat - and a strange dog who was who was, perhaps, a premonition of Arthur, the cockapoo. Karen has… Continue reading Life is a circle

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There’s no place like Home

There are records dating back to 1650 for this Devon cottage. The modern extension is what used to be 'the stick store', presumably where firewood was stored, now kitchen/diner with bedroom and balcony above. It is also recorded as being the place where 'the pauper in the stick store' resided, according to census records. Apparently,… Continue reading There’s no place like Home

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North Lodge, Brockenhurst Park

This Grade ll listed gatehouse was designed by Alfred Waterhouse (1830-1905) and built in the 1860s by T H Wyatt. It is described as being of asymmetrical composition in a French Renaissance style. This building often appears on the internet in photographs but this may be the first drawing, albeit a tad stylised.  A4 pen… Continue reading North Lodge, Brockenhurst Park

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To infinity (well, 2020) and beyond …

The end of one interesting year and the beginning of another. And I'm ready for your commissions! 2019 was the year our son left home, two sets of rubber stamps were released, we moved to a whole new life in Devon, the new business (see previous posts) was closed, we met new people, joined in… Continue reading To infinity (well, 2020) and beyond …

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What is Pen and Lens Artwork?

Pen and Lens Artwork is the coming together of a team that has been working as one for many years. This web site is our temporary home until a custom site can be built. The initial ideas for the team is the formalisation of the production of whimsical house designs. Julie, as 'the Lens', spots… Continue reading What is Pen and Lens Artwork?