This is one of the spectacular views obtained from a pathway at the high-point of Ballards Plantation, a woodland sloping upwards from the eastern side of the Bridle Path that runs north from the Croham Hurst towards the Coombe Wood gardens and tearooms, Lloyd Park, Addington Hills, Oaks Farm and Shirley Golf Course.
The featured image shown here was made on A3 size Bockingford water colour paper in 1982 [my busiest period for producing artwork] and was painted in a grey monochrome over a pale rose tinted sepia wash, approximating its actual appearance as seen from a distance at that particular time.
There is another view of the Croydon Skyline located in the landscape section of this website called ‘Bridle Path View’, also on A3 size Bockingford water colour paper and painted predominantly in a variable duochromatic combination of mustard yellow and blue-grey.
It was taken some way downslope from Ballard’s high-point and thus a little closer to the view of Croydon.
I have set a slideshow beneath the featured image showing four overlapping consecutive sections of the overall view from left to right.
The landmarks that can be seen from left to right are as follows:
Two Gas Towers with tree-line either side [Far Left]
Purley Way Power Station Chimneys, Gas Holder,
Old Palace Spires, St Peter’s Church [Mid Left]
Old Palace Spires, St Peter’s Church, Lennig House,
Leon House, Croydon Clocktower, Dept. Store [Mid Right]
Dept Store, Nestles Building, Foreground Poplar Trees [Far Right]
Dave Draper July 2014
Updated August 2014