Walker’s Court, Preston


Walker's Court

Like the Caxton bust from the previous post, this example is also from Preston, Lancashire, and found on the nearby Friargate. It marks the entrance to one of a number of former ‘courts’ that led off from Friargate ‘street’. The narrow passageway led to courtyard with houses in which large numbers of people lived at high density in desperately poor accommodation.

Despite the modest surroundings, the lettering itself is actually quite beautiful and well constructed – the numerals in particular have an elegant  flair to them, with the curling loop and stems of the number 2 being particularly lovely.

Location: Friargate, preston, Lancashire, UK.


William Caxton, Preston


WIllima Caxton bust, Marsh Lane, Preston

This usual figurehead is found on the side of a building on Marsh Lane, Preston, Lancashire. I have often wondered what it is and after a little digging online, discovered that someone has apparently solved the mystery. It appears that this is a bust of the printer William Caxton (1415-1492) and was added to the building sometime at the end of the nineteenth century when it functioned as a printers. The somewhat truncated symbols below the head are the Caxton’s colophon. More details can be found here: http://www.lep.co.uk/news/local/warehouse-figurehead-mystery-solved-1-87258

Location: Marsh Lane, Preston, UK.