Broad Street, Alresford

Enjoying the sunshine? ☀️😀 Here’s a sunny new street scene from Hampshire… ‘Broad Street, Alresford’ 38 x 20 cm created with acrylic and ink on paper.
Alresford Broad Street - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
Alresford (pronounced Allsford) is a handsome Georgian town of colour-washed houses, riverside walks, specialist shops and the UK’s capital of watercress farming. The town’s history is punctuated with fires, despite the abundance of water in the area. The buildings that you see today rose from the ashes of the great fires of the 17th century.

It’s home to the Mid Hants Railway, known locally as the Watercress Line, which runs 10 miles along the track to Alton. I’ve painted the station a couple of times now but this is the first time i’ve had opportunity to work on the historic town buildings. Along with this wider scene i’ll be preparing some spot illustrations and smaller framed studies ahead of the Open Studios in August.