J. Bibby and Sons, Lancaster


This inscription identifies the firm of J. Bibby & Sons, corn merchants and millers, as the commissioners of this imposing five-storey warehouse and mill built at Fleet Square in 1881. The letters are set within a moulded frame that sits below the Doric pediment of the warehouse’s New Road entrance. The letters are cut in relief and  have strong bracketed serifs, large full stops and an unusually intricate ampersand. In particular, the letter b is interesting in that it appears to have been cut upside down; perhaps the unintended action of an apprentice mason.

Location: New Road, Lancaster, UK.


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Fast Foot Press is a small, independent publishing and design house based in Lancaster in the North of England. We research, design and publish a range of unique printed publications that are indicative of our passion for the interesting, obscure and beautiful. Our aim is to produce items of value, interest and beauty: to devise printed works that fascinate and inspire.

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