Bus Station, Lancaster


Metal sans serif signage at the bus station, Lancaster.

Location: Cable Street, Lancaster, UK.

‘Font’, Renfrew Street, Glasgow


These large letters were seen in the window of the modern extension to the Glasgow School of art. The building has recently been demolished to make way for a new redevelopment of the university facilities.

Location: Renfrew Street, Glasgow, Scotland.

Militia Barracks, Lancaster

barracksThe date on this keystone set above the doorway commemorates the date of construction of the former barracks of the First Royal Lancaster Militia. When the Militia moved to the new Bowerham Barracks in 1881, the building was incorporated into Storey’s Bros. nearby White Cross factory complex. In the 1980s it was used by Lancashire Enterprises Limited and as a studio for Granada Television before its current use as commercial offices. The barracks was designed by the architect Edmund Sharpe in the Scottish Baronial style with stepped gables and corbelled comer turrets with conical stone roofs and finials. The keystone also incorporates the rose of Lancashire, flower and foliage motifs and a crown.

Location: South Road, Lancaster, UK.

De Vitre Street, Lancaster


This plaque sits on the frontage of a row of terrace houses at De Vitre Street and commemorates the builders, Shaw and Parkinson, who constructed them. The sans serif letters contrast with the numerals that have a variety of styles.

The street name refers to Edward Denis de Vitre (1806 – 1878) a physician who was twice mayor of Lancaster. Born in Irthington near Carlisle, he came to Lancaster in 1832, becoming Visiting physician at The Lancaster County Lunatic Asylum (the ‘Moor’ hospital) in 1840 before helping to found the new Royal Albert Hospital (originally The Royal Albert Asylum for Idiots and Imbeciles of the Northern Counties) in 1868. Nearby Edward and Denis street are also named in his honour.

Location: De Vitre Street, Lancaster, UK.

Elm Row, Hampstead, London


One of many examples of the lovely street lettering found around Hampstead. These white letters on black ceramic tiles are simple and elegant.

I have no information on their date or construction or details of who commissioned or designed them, but I would be delighted if anyone could provide information,

Location: Elm Row, Hampstead, London.