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The Whisky Shop, Stourbridge

The Whisky Shop, as I refer to it, is in fact the business premises of Nickolls and Perks, a third generation family business specialising in fine wines and quality spirits.



I'm not a fan of whisky myself I confess, although I have sampled, (and my very first booking when I was working as a Caricaturist involved a liquor store promotion airside at Heathrow airport which was themed "The Character of Whisky" in which each whisky became personified) and so I have never ventured into this shop, but I am intrigued by it's curved crenellations and multi-paned windows as I wander by. What I have discovered is that there is an annual Whisky Festival in the Midlands, which may interest some of you.



This building is situated in a lovely part of the high street, where the clock stands, which has been nicely paved and pedestrianised. In my collage I have populated the street with a few L.S. Lowry (the British Artist famous for his depictions of every day life) figures that I clipped from an old magazine which seemed to be fitting of the scene.


I have so far been unable to find any information about the actual history of this building so I may have to indulge in some more sleuthing, but as you can see it's estimated date of construction is 1797 - apparently the year that London haberdasher John Hetherington wore the first top hat in public attracting a large crowd of onlookers and was later fined £50 for creating a public nuisance!


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