“Old Castle Inn” by Mabel Culley – 37 High Street, Stevenage, Herts, UK
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N 51° 54.713 W 000° 12.495
30U E 692013 N 5754920
Quick Description: A drawing of the Old Castle Inn, now a branch of NatWest, by Mabel Culley, intended as illustrations for a book by local historian Reginald Hine.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 9/28/2014 7:35:04 AM
Waymark Code: WMMJDW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member fi67
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Long Description:
Lucy Mabel Culley was born in Costessey, Norfolk in 1880. She studied art at the Slade Art School from 1898 to 1901. Following art school she became a teacher at Sherborne and Berkhamsted. By 1932 she had joined her sister Ruth, in Stevenage, where Ruth ran Westover School.

During her time in Stevenage Mabel Culley established a reputation for her fine drawings and paintings of local scenes. Mabel agreed to illustrate a book on Stevenage, to be written by the renowned local historian Reginald Hine. Tragically, Hine died in 1949 before the book could be written. Mabel published the drawings in the 1950s as the Stevenage Picture Book. She died in 1965. For further details see the excellent article by V Richards in the web link.

The Castle Inn, now a branch of NatWest, has a claim to fame in that it has the coffin of Henry Trigg in its attic. Henry Trigg feared grave robbers and was interred in the attic of the Castle Inn.

The drawing shows the side of the Inn and gates into the back yard. Subsequent development has built on the yard, obscuring the side of the building.
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Artist: Mabel Culley

Date of Your Photograph: 9/28/2014

Medium of Painting: pen and ink

Date of Painting: Not listed

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