Bland’s Buildings, Lancaster

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This large but seldom noticed example of lettering in relief is found on the Dutch gable of a section of commercial buildings at Penny Street, Lancaster. The lettering is cut with slur (rounded) serifs within a large moulded plaque that includes strapwork that resembles oversized brackets that might be used to fix a picture frame to a wall.

Blands refers to William Bland, a prominent butcher and provisions merchant who had the buildings constructed in 1894. Planning notes from the period suggest that the building was designed by the renowned local architects Paley and Austin

Location: Penny Street, Lancaster UK.

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