Gillow’s Factory, Lancaster

This these deeply cut and gilded sans serif letterforms sit over the main entrance to Gillow’s factory and showrooms. Built in1881, the building was to produce furniture from a company that developed an international reputation for the highest quality materials and designs. Location: North Road, Lancaster, UK.

Joshua Hoyle & Sons, Manchester

This magnificent frieze is found on the former warehouse of Joshua Hoyle And Sons, cotton spinners and manufacturers of Bury, Lancashire. Designed by Charles Heathcote (1850–1938) in 1904, the steel framed building is faced terracotta, brick and and glazed ceramics. It is now used as a hotel. The letters have a lovely expressive form as seen inContinue reading “Joshua Hoyle & Sons, Manchester”

Homoeopathic Hospital, London.

Theses slight serif letters with their hint of Art Deco styling are found on the facade of the London Homoeopathic Hospital, London. Established in 1849, it moved to its current location in Great Ormond Street in 1859. Joining the NHS in 1948, it now the hospital was renamed the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine in September 2010. Location: GreatContinue reading “Homoeopathic Hospital, London.”

Booking Office, St Pancras Railway Station, London

These glorious serif letterforms are from the former booking office of St Pancras Station, London. The station was built to a design by William Henry Barlow (1812-1902) in 1868 for the Midland Railway Company Location: St Pancras Station Railway Station, Kings Cross Street, London.

Lune Mills, Lancaster

These serif letters with their Blackletter features, sit of alongside Lancaster’s coat of arms, are set above the door of a derelict industrial building on St George’s Quay. This is the site of Luneside Mills, built in 1875 by James Williamson, and once one of the largest industrial complexes in the world. It was theContinue reading “Lune Mills, Lancaster”

Lavers and Barraud, London

Set in a stone frieze of this late 19th century building, these serif letters have unusual bifurcated terminals. They give the name of Lavers and Barraud a company producing  stained glass windows from 1855 until 1921. They were part of the Gothic Revival  movement that influenced the architecture of English church and commercial buildings  in the 19thContinue reading “Lavers and Barraud, London”

20th Middlesex Volunteer Rifles, London

These letters, formed in terracotta are found above the entrance to the drill hall (built 1888) of the former Artists Rifles: a Territorial Army unit originally raised in London in 1860 as the 38th Regiment and consisting of painters, sculptors, engravers, musicians, architects and actors, as well as other professions such as  lawyers, doctors and civil engineers. itContinue reading “20th Middlesex Volunteer Rifles, London”