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A whistle-stop tour of Charlotte Berridge’s Ealing illustrations

A whistle-stop tour of Charlotte Berridge’s Ealing illustrations

Ealing resident Charlotte Berridge studied graphic design and illustration before embarking on a career in magazines that included four years as the Creative Director of Marie Claire UK.

After some time off she fell in love with her new pace of life, turned her spare bedroom into a studio and has built a business making limited-edition and personalised prints of her local area.

'Ealing has so many amazing green spaces. I particularly love our parks. They are so well kept and a constant inspiration to me. I started building my local print ideas by illustrating them,' says Charlotte. With the Ealing Half Marathon taking place on Sunday September 25, Charlotte has launched a brand new map print of the route that can be personalised with a runner's name and finishing time.

We got Charlotte to show us what’s so great about the end of the line through her illustrations.

Charlotte Berridge

 

Ealing Studios 

'One of the most iconic buildings in Ealing, steeped in movie history. I love the cinematic link our little corner of London has with the heyday of movie production. I always love watching the old Ealing Comedies and spotting London landmarks and Ealing streets.'

 

Pitzhanger Manor 

'This is a fantastic manor house at the entrance to glorious Walpole Park. It is currently being restored so I can’t wait to see inside it when it’s back to its former glory.'

 
Hoover Building

 'I love the architecture of the art deco period. We’re so lucky this gem has been preserved, even if it does now house a massive Tesco. I simply love the aqua green, one of my favourite colours.' 

 
Pitshanger Lane

'I recently added this Pitshanger Lane print to my Ealing collection, to celebrate their Great British High Street win last year. We are amazingly lucky to have such great and diverse collection of independent shops on one street. It gives a really traditional feel that is missing from so many identikit high streets. All the traders are so friendly it makes the whole community feel very villagey.'

 
Ealing Abbey

'It's big and impressive. A beautiful setting for many weddings and christenings. This is a popular print for those who want a personalised memento to mark a special day.'

 

Ealing pubs 

'My favourite Ealing pub is The Red Lion. Nicknamed 'Stage Six', it was the popular haunt of many great actors from Ealing Studio's 1940-'50s glory days. Its walls are covered with pictures of actors from the era. It is family run, with Jonathan and daughter Virginia running the bar and super-chef son Kieran in the kitchen. Their burgers are awesome and Sunday roasts are delicious.'

You can find Charlotte at her stall at Crafted W5 on the first Saturday of every month. For more information see charlotteberridge.com.

Here's a whistle-stop tour of Simon Fitzmaurice’s London park illustrations.

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