All Saints' Church and the Castle Inn, High Street, Colchester

All Saints' Church and the Castle Inn, High Street, Colchester

This view of Colchester High Street is the sole pen and pencil drawing among Walter Bayes's twenty-three Essex pictures for the Recording Britain project. The light, rapid penstrokes give an impression of the lively movement of pedestrians and cyclists in this busy street. The church, despite its prominence in the picture's title, is difficult to find: it almost seems to blend into the trees standing in front of it. The Castle Inn is drawn considerably more firmly, as if it occupied the more important position in Colchester life.