Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Image from richardqmiller.com
South of the River Thames the London district of Bermondsey is aptly named after the Anglo-Saxon affix 'ey' for place by a 'stream or river'. Already, its name's origin indicates that the area has a long history. The land was owned by King William in the eleventh century, where its meadow and woodland were used to farm pigs.
Although it did not get any further attention by royalty, Bermondsey has been the subject of interest to arguably even more famous people, including Charles Dickens, who used it as the location of Bill Sike's death in Oliver Twist. Bermondsey has also inspired artists such as J.M.W. Turner, who painted The Fighting 'Temeraire' Tugged to her Last Berth to be Broken Up (1839).
More recently, Bermondsey has been the subject of three more artists, who are going to exhibit their work at Tanner House between the 6th-15th December.Bermondsey and Beyond features Jenny Sherriff, David Fryer, and Richard Miller. They all have a distinctive style, but the streets of Bermondsey can be seen clearly depicted in each case.
Sherriff is a textile artist who studied fashion and design in Manchester. Using fabric, she has created free-hand embroidered illustrations. Fryer also studied textiles, and went on to make panoramas of London, and gruesome scenes such as severed heads on London Bridge.
Miller is a photographer and thinks of the 'camera as a tool, just as a painter might use a brush'. He then touches up his pictures with colour to bring a sense of hyperrealism. In his latest series, he says that he has marked a 'trail through Bermondsey and beyond', exploring areas such as Grange Walk and Trinity Square . He has also included an historical piece that shows what life was like for residents during the mid 1860s.