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.