The glory of Greater Brockley

Local designer Mike Hall has produced a beautiful illustrated map of Brockley in the style of Thomas Moule. His exquisite penmanship is like a form of automatism - the Greater Brockley mantra committed to paper, including Crofton Park, Ladywell, St Johns and Telegraph Hill. Brockley Central in map form.

Thanks to Mike for allowing us to reproduce his work here. Check out his blog for more of his work. We've also added his illustrated map of New Cross pubs to the New Cross section of Southeastcentral.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not being funny, but why does it only highlight the green/"mung" businesses

MikeSE13 said...

"Here be dragons".

Ed CPZ said...

I'd like a print although it doesn't mark out the front line in the class war. I'm so bored of 'mung', and to a lesser extent BDS, but someone must still find these contributions entertaining... Now back to Adam and Joe.

Good work fella said...

It's excellent. It's the artists own work so presumably its what the artist finds interesting.

Agreed, you're not being funny.

Mb said...

The first Anon, have you actually looked at the map? If you think The Barge is somehow peopled by skinny jeaned hipsters I'd hate to see your idea of an average boozer. A can of luke warm White Ace drunk behind a skip perhaps?

Wrong side of the tracks said...

Mb - I just actually LOL'd for real!

Anonymous said...

Where are Top Chef, Portland and Dominics Pizza?

Mung.

Mb said...

Feel free if you want to draw a map detailing every newsagent and convinience store if you like. Assuming you can grasp the crayons with your prehensile tail.

Anonymous said...

mind you shouldn't it have been badgers rather than foxes?

born n'bred said...

Thought it was lovely, although the businesses would need to be updated freqently if named, Brockley from another perspective.

Tamsin said...

It's absolutely super. And, again, I'd like to get prints of it. I'll go through his blog and contact him about that...

The pubs one is grand too.

Anonymous said...

How about a Good Honest Guide toBrockley that highlights all the real businesses without artisan fare?

oryx said...

What an absolutely beautiful map.

I thought it was pretty good at showing both old and new landmarks and a diverse range of them.

LOL at Mb @ 11.20.

Hugh said...

All it needs to be complete is Waitrose, Babur and Cafe Nero.

Perhaps after the Olympics?

Mb said...

Cafe Nero? Very mid range for a master of the universe. Think Ealing has one.

Anonymous said...

Anon 14.23
already exists - diff format
type se4 in www.qype.co.uk

Corrected said...

I'm so bored of 'ED', and to a lesser extent CPZ, but someone must still find these contributions entertaining... Now back to Adam and Joe.

Anonymous said...

I diidn't know 'greater Brockley' was a mantra!


Is it a special one Brockley Buddhists chant???

Ommmm greater Brockley Ommmmmm greater Brockley Ommmmm greater Brockley Ommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...(leading to of course - inner peace and tranquility)

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urbansurgery said...

more proof that blythe hill is in brockley

Anonymous said...

He left off Gordonbrock school!!!!

qbf said...

Lovely map. He should take some prints along to sell at the Hilly Fields Summer Fayre - I'm sure they'd go like hot cakes.

Aricana said...

Fab. I'll be requesting a print copy too.

urbansurgery said...

+1 qbf, but only if its printed on a teacloth

Mike Hall illustrator said...

Hi all! Many thanks for the feedback, and also to Nick for the feature! I've been a BC follower on the sly for a while now so I was very interested to see what you fellow readers made of it. Obviously map-making's a tricky art with deciding what and what not to show, but this was mainly a bit of fun and an excuse for me to indulge in some OCD-level map geekery. Researching it allowed me to explore the neighbourhood properly for the first time too!

If anyone would like to enquire about picking up a print then do get in touch at me.mikehall@gmail.com.

born n'bred said...

How much are they?
recommend adding The Wickham Arms to the pubs one.

Also love the illustrations at The Greenwich based Arty Globe
www.artyglobe.com

Anonymous said...

Love it!

Maybe he could do one of the same area 100 years ago too...


By the way I once saw a really really old map of the area and Telegraph Hill was once called Plowed Garlic Hill.

aero-static said...

LOVE the map Mike, though you might want to change the name of the butchers in Ewhurst Road to Peter James, not Peter Jones...

Mike Hall illustrator said...

aha you're quite right! thanks!

Tamsin said...

Not known whether it was a Mr. Garlick - one of the tenants or sub-tenants of the Haberdashers - or garlic being grown in the market gardens that predominated in Georgian/early Victorian times, but yes, Plow'd Garlick Hill is definately what it was called before it become known as Telegraph Hill.
Come along to an illustrated talk from the Telegraph Hill Society some time - we've slides of various maps overlaying each other so you can relate them to the present.

What is really rather confusing is that the map of the Haberdashers' Hatcham estate from the 1600s needs to be flipped through 90 degrees before you can begin to make (literally) head or tail of it - doesn't conform to the convention of the north being at the top of the page!

pip said...

Love the map.

NB you might sell more if you tell us on here how much they cost!

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