The first in our new series of portraits of local Greenwich characters is Anthony Cross from Warwick Leadlay Gallery. The gallery, set across two shops in Nelson Arcade at the southern entrance to Greenwich Market, specialises in antique maps, prints and fine art, and was founded by Warwick Leadlay in the 1970s.
Anthony, fresh from graduating from York University, was looking to make his way "Whittingdon-like to the bright lights of London." He applied for a position at the gallery in 1978 after seeing a small ad in the Mercury, with the intention of one day "getting a proper job" instead. But he has been at Warwick Leadlay ever since and now owns it as well as managing it.
Anthony lives locally and is also the President of the Greenwich Historical Society. He says of the gallery, "I've always tried to express Greenwich in its many guises and talents."
Warwick Leadlay Gallery, 1-2 Nelson Arcade, Greenwich Market.