A Flock of Words, Morecambe

These letters form part of a 300 metre typographic pavement connecting the railway station with the Morecambe sea front. Created by Gordon Young in 2003 in collaboration with Why Not Associates, the lettering includes content from the Bible, Shakespeare’s works and the writing of, amongst others, Spike Milligan, Burns and Milton. The pathway was constructed  from granites,Continue reading “A Flock of Words, Morecambe”

Storey Vintage Festive Market, Lancaster

Our first stall, held at the Storey Vintage Festive Market. Lots of interest in Fast Foot’s publications and merchandise and quite a few sales – thanks to everyone who gave over their hard earned cash and for all the kind words of encouragement. As my partner is a Londoner, and everyone knows that all Londoner’sContinue reading “Storey Vintage Festive Market, Lancaster”

Storey Institute, Lancaster

  This unusual, large letter S (for Storey), is cut in relief on the roof pediment of the Storey Institute. The terminal endings of the letter are lobed and bifurcated. It is a simple, but bold statement from a family that had an immense influence on the architectural, industrial and cultural history of the cityContinue reading “Storey Institute, Lancaster”

A Lancaster Alphabet: Letterforms from the Stones of the City

A Lancaster Alphabet: Letterforms from the Stones of the City, is a study of Lancaster’s hidden architectural lettering that uses these often neglected and largely unseen elements to explore the social history of the urban environment. The twenty-six letters of the alphabet span almost 1800 years of Lancaster’s history, with each letter and its locationContinue reading “A Lancaster Alphabet: Letterforms from the Stones of the City”

Upper Borough Walls, Bath

An example of Bath’s beautiful architectural lettering. These serif letters are found on a street that follows the course of the city’s medieval walls. The building was originally constructed in 1738 from a design by John Wood the Elder using Bath Stone, and later enlarged. Location: Upper Borough Walls, Bath, UK.

Trades Hall, Lancaster

This hand painted sign once stood above the entrance to the Lancaster Trades Hall. The swashes on the letters ‘As’  and letter ‘R’ are unusual. The grand Georgian building (Fenton House) was converted to accommodate the Trades Hall around 1830. The sign was removed when the building was redeveloped as offices in the late 1990s. Location:Continue reading “Trades Hall, Lancaster”